February 22, 2017

Region 4 – Central

Region 4 is comprised of the central Missouri counties of Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Gasconade, Howard, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski and Saline.


Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Missouri, Columbia
Strengthening Rural Children & Families with Mentoring
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Mentoring
The Strengthening Families Through Asset Building project (Audrain County) trains parents of at-risk children to be the primary caring role model in their child’s life while matching the children with a community-based Big Brother/Sister who will be a child’s secondary support. The program incorporates comprehensive modules of asset building parent training to its in-home visits and consultations with families and training for staff and volunteers.
For more information:
Heather Demitt, Executive Director

Central Missouri Community Action, Columbia
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to enhance The Incredible Years Program. The Incredible Years is an evidenced-based parenting program that addresses the needs of at-risk children, providing parents with new strategies to redirect and cope with disruptive behaviors. The curriculum, delivered over ten weeks, includes DVD’s, discussion, and application of positive behavior support and other behavior management strategies.
For more information:
Angela Hirsch, Development & Communications Director

Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, Columbia
Healthy Babies Program
Through the Healthy Babies Program, social service staff conduct home visits at least once per month providing support services and educational materials using the Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum.   As part of the support, parents are provided with health and safety items such as sleep sacks, outlet covers, bathtub thermometers and diapers which are also used to facilitate learning opportunities between the parent and home visitor.
For more information:
Rebecca Roesslet, Social Services Supervisor

Community Partnership (The), Rolla
Capable Kids and Families
The Community Partnership has expanded its Capable Kids and Families (CKF) Program by adding a Family Parent Education Specialist focusing on reducing the potential of child abuse and neglect among families who have children with disabilities within a five county area (Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, and Pulaski). Project goals are to decrease family isolation and increase positive family interaction.  Strategies include increased family networking opportunities through group meetings and a Facebook community, increased educational opportunities including financial planning, feeding issues, music therapy, and toilet training.  Educational opportunities focus on issues that are often triggers for abusive behavior.  Opportunities are provided for positive parent/child interaction and occur in conjunction with the development and periodic review of a goals-oriented family strengths plan by each participant family.
For more information:
Jean Darnell, Executive Director

Family and Community Trust, Jefferson City
Missouri KIDS COUNT is a collaboration between Family and Community Trust (FACT)Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis – University of Missouri (OSEDA) and the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) who are joined by a diverse team of public sector, non-profit and private sector members.  The Missouri Kids Count team provides a highly collaborative environment for effective policy making and sound investments using reliable data and research on behalf and in order to improve the well-being of Missouri’s children and families.  FACT, the AECF KIDS COUNT grantee, is a non-profit corporation with Board members drawn from the top leadership in state government and the private sector. Established in 1993, the Board’s mission is to promote and support collaboration and innovation in service delivery for Missouri’s children and families through its 20 Community Partnerships around the state.  CTF provides financial and other support for the project.
For more information:
Laurie Hines, Missouri KIDS COUNT Coordinator

First Chance For Children, Columbia
CRIBS Expansion Project II
CRIBS Expansion Project II is a safe cribs project that delivers prevention services, including home safety assessments and safe infant cribs, to eligible families through home visitation in Cooper, Callaway, and Moniteau Counties.  Replicated from the successful Cribs Project in Boone County, First Chance for Children with the assistance of Parents As Teachers documents the process, progress and results of home visitation services provided.
For more information:
Tammy Byington, Parent Education Coordinator

Fun City Youth Academy, Columbia
Connecting Families with Tools for Living
Using the Strengthening Families framework and the Building Strong Families curriculum, this project supports and strengthens parents and their families by developing and enhancing support systems, increasing knowledge of child development and general parent education, linking families to services and opportunities, responding when needed to family crisis, and linking families to services and opportunities.
For more information:
Carolyn Micklem, Director

Jefferson City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jefferson City
Delta GEMS Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Teen mentoring, Skills Building
Discretionary Grant
The Delta GEMS program is for at-risk girls between 14-18 years of age and is delivered through a series of workshops and mentoring relationships. The program focuses on social, self-empowering and developmental needs of African American girls with an emphasis of working towards academic excellence. Workshop topics include academic development, leadership skills, cultural awareness and personal health.
For more information:
Marcia Wilson

Jefferson City Day Care Center, Inc., Jefferson City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Cole County will be used to support the cost of safe cribs and car seats.  Funds will also support the ‘Parent’s Day Out’ respite program.
For more information:
Donna Scheidt, Director

Jefferson City Public Schools/Southwest Early Childhood Center, Jefferson City
Cubbies Who Care/Incredible Years
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Parent Education & Support
The Southwest Early Childhood Center serves Title I Preschool Program and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program students and their families. Service area includes Cole and Callaway counties.  Many of the families served are affected by poverty and nearly 80% of the ECSE students have one or more developmental delays. This project implements Conscious Discipline©, an evidenced-based parent education curriculum built on current brain research, child development information and developmentally appropriate parenting practices. The curriculum is designed to empower parents to consciously respond to, rather than unconsciously react to, everyday conflict.
For more information:
Lisa Dierking, Family School Advocate

Lake Area Child Safety Program, Lake of the Ozarks
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
A collaboration of three counties (Camden, Miller, and Morgan) located in the Lake of the Ozarks Region, the Lake Area Child Safety Program utilizes funds from the CTF prevent child abuse license plate to address child safety education and provide supplies such as safe cribs, infant car seats, and cabinet locks to families in need. The Miller County Health Center (MCHC) provides fiscal management and oversight for this collaborative project.
For more information:
Bruce Jenkins, Administrator (MCHC)

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services, Columbia
Resource Parents
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Teen Parent Support & Education
The Resource Parents program assists pregnant and parenting teens with prenatal care, completion of their high school education, employment, housing, parenting skills and mental health services. The pregnant teens and young parents that LFCS serves typically range in age from 14-22 years of age. The evidenced-based Nurturing Parents curriculum is used as part of the parenting skills training and mental health services work to promote parental resilience.
For more information:
Christine Cannon

Miller County Health Center, Tuscumbia
Miller County’s Safe Crib Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Safe Cribs/Parent Education
This project works to increase the knowledge base and awareness of parents, grandparents, caretakers, friends and family about infant safety and child abuse and neglect. Clients are provided resources to improve the home environment of children and families at risk. Education around safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma, childhood immunizations, smoke-free environments and household safety education are provided as well as referral information to access other community resources.
For more information:
Bruce Jenkins, Administrator

Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, Columbia
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support and promote programming and training by the Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (MO CASA) Association throughout the state. MO CASA Association serves abused and neglected children who come under the jurisdiction of the court system by providing support and advocacy to the child through a court-appointed volunteer.  Counties where Missouri CASA Association will market the CTF license plate include Adair, Bollinger, Boone, Cape Girardeau, Clay, Franklin, Greene, Harrison, Howard, Howell, Jackson, Lafayette, Mercer, Oregon, Perry, Putnam, Randolph, Saline, Shannon, St. Louis and St. Louis city.
For more information:
Beth Dessem, Executive Director

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Jefferson City/Statewide
Safe Cribs for Missouri
Safe Cribs for Missouri was established in 2010, and is implemented through the Local (county) Public Health Agencies (LPHA’s).   The program provides safe portable cribs, fitted crib sheets and safe sleep education to low-income Missouri residents who have no other resources for obtaining a crib.   An inter-agency agreement between the Children’s Trust Fund and Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) is the catalyst that fills a critical need for cribs in many communities.  To avoid duplication, the program does not operate in counties that already have an active crib program.  Eligible families include those struggling with unemployment or underemployment, lack of education, inadequate housing, domestic violence, chronically ill children and lack of transportation.  A follow-up education session is conducted in the home approximately four to six weeks after the initial session, or when the infant is four to six weeks old.   During the follow-up visit, the LPHA educator assesses the family’s use of safe sleep practices and reinforces safe sleep education.  A Home Visit Compliance Questionnaire is completed documenting the client’s knowledge and use of safe sleep practices. While in the home, the educator also provides information as needed regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, car seat safety, smoking cessation and other health and safety topics.  Additionally, among other resources, the Children’s Trust Fund Never Shake & Safe Sleep for Your Baby DVD is shown to every crib recipient.
For more information:
Mary List, Health Program Representative
Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood, DHSS

Missouri KidsFirst, Jefferson City
Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Prevention Focus:  Primary – Statewide Education, Awareness & Training
This statewide project implements recommendations made by the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children by developing and piloting a resource or curriculum on child sexual abuse prevention with at least two home visitation programs; providing evidenced based Stewards of Children training and mandated reporter training to 350 youth-serving professionals; facilitating the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children; and working with the Missouri Prevention Partners Coalition on strategies to implement/promote the Task Force recommendations.
For more information:
Cherisse Thibaut, Manager of Prevention and Community Outreach

Missouri KidsFirst, Jefferson City
Stewards of Children Initiative
Prevention Focus: Primary – Education/Awareness and Training
With the goal of preventing child sexual abuse statewide, this project will expand the Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training initiative. The evidenced-informed Stewards of Children curriculum focuses on improving the child-protective behaviors of adults that are responsible for children and is designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participants’ behavior over the long-term. The project will build upon current and past efforts by offering additional training, building an engaged network of trained facilitators and training school personnel beginning with districts in southwest Missouri.
For more information:
Cherisse Thibaut, Manager of Prevention and Community Outreach

Phelps County Child Advocacy Network, Rolla
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support three prevention projects: Healthy Families; Mentoring Makes a Difference; and the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network’s (PCCAN) small grant program. The Healthy Families program provides home visitation services to young and at-risk moms through the Phelps County Health Department. A nurse and/or social worker will work with at-risk families both prenatally and up to the child’s third birthday. The Mentoring Makes a Difference program, implemented by Prevention Consultants of Missouri, provides one-on-one mentoring for up to 50 at-risk children. PCCAN’s small grant program will provide community grants for other local child abuse prevention projects.
For more information:
Jamie Myers, Committee Chair

Prevention Consultants of Missouri, Rolla
Dads Mentoring Dads
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Father Support & Education, Mentoring
The Dads Mentoring Dads project trains volunteers to serve as mentors to fathers who are interested in improving their parenting skills. Mentors commit to one year of regular contact and agree to be trained on how to help and support their matched mentee with parenting issues including child development, communication, discipline, budgeting, job-seeking and interviewing skills. Designed on parent education/parent training and peer support/social support strategies, mentors and mentees are supported by the program coordinator.
For more information:
Jamie Myers, Executive Director

Special Learning Center (The), Jefferson City
Capable Kids & Family®
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Education and Support
The Capable Kids and Family program model is designed to be effective at reducing abuse and neglect by decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors in families who have children with a developmental delay or disability. Families are provided specific services that reduce parental stress and isolation as well as improve a child’s development, help parents build competence and help to create supportive social networks. Services provided include home visits, parenting education and training, and mutual/social supports.  The Special Learning Center serves families in Callaway, Cole, Miller, Moniteau and Osage counties.
For more information:
Pam Mayfield

Special Learning Center (The), Jefferson City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Cole County to support monthly parent activities and short term evening and weekend respite care for parents who have children with special needs.
For more information:
Deborah Hamler, Executive Director

Strong Parents, Stable Children:  Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families, Statewide
Prevention Focus: Primary – Training for Professionals
Strong Parents, Stable Children is an interactive 4-hour workshop designed to provide an overview of the five protective factors that, when present, increase the overall well-being of children and families.  Through this grant, a minimum of 8 training sessions will be held for approximately 325 professionals across the state in coordination with community based organizations and community networks. Participants will learn and use new strategies to help families build their protective factors and enable children to thrive.  One of the sessions will focus solely on training the trainers. Initial funding for the development of the training materials was provided by the Missouri Department of Mental Health – Project LAUNCH, and the Children’s Trust Fund through the CBCAP federal grant.  Content is based on the Strengthening Families – A Protective Factors Framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP).
For more information:
David G. Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist, Assistant Professor
Utah State University

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