May 22, 2015

Region 5 – East

Region 5 is comprised of the east Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, and St. Louis City.

ARCHS, St. Louis
ARCHS’ CTF Enhanced Family Support
Area Resources for Community & Human Services (ARCHS) is implementing the Enhanced Family Support (EFS) program which builds upon services provided to at risk families through the Stay at Home Parent home visitation project.  EFS works with families through monthly support meetings.   The program, focusing on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, incorporates strength-based parent coaching, facilitates educational activities promoting parent/child interaction, and offers opportunities for families to develop positive social networks.
For more information:
Wendell E. Kimbrough, CEO

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, St. Louis
Baby Steps Program
Prevention Focus: Primary & Secondary – Parent Support & Education
Baby Steps is a multifaceted program of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.  Baby Steps focuses on parents of infants served by Glennon’s Fetal Care Institute, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Nursery Follow-Up Clinic, many of whom are children with special needs.  Baby Steps provides parents with education, practical assistance and emotional support.  In addition, Baby Steps’ activities are accessible to and tailored for extended family members such as grandparents and siblings.  All child abuse and neglect prevention educational materials are available on Glennon’s website and through Glennon’s family resource library.
For more information:
Debby Brauch, Director of Grant Development

Child Care Aware of Missouri, St. Louis
Protecting Children with Special Needs
Prevention Focus: Primary – Training for Child/Family Serving Professionals
Protecting Children with Special Needs integrates the evidence-based Stewards of Children curriculum and the Strengthening Families™ Framework with a promising practice in adult education for the child care, early education and after-school workforce. The promising practice is the use of short-term, topic-focused learning communities.  Within a nine month time frame a group of practitioners will come together three times to learn specific content on child abuse identification/reporting and prevention.  Special attention is given to the learning objectives related to sexual abuse and the higher risk factors found in the population of children and youth with special needs.  In the weeks between training, participants engage in active application of their new knowledge through regular coaching and technical assistance.  This project is being piloted in targeted communities (St. Louis city, St. Louis County, Greene County) that have high incidences of child abuse reports with a goal toward statewide implementation.
For more information:
Beth Ann Lang, Chief of Quality Improvement

Children’s Home Society of Missouri, St. Louis
Nurturing Parents Community-Based Model
The evidence-based parenting training and support program is provided to parents who have adopted or are fostering children.  The Nurturing Program for Parents has been designed to offer support to families with special needs children.  The five constructs of the program include appropriate expectations of children, parental empathy, non-violent discipline, appropriate family roles, and a child’s need to develop independence and self-control.  The overarching goal is to help parents improve their ability to nurture in each of the five constructs.  Ten parent education sessions are offered addressing child development, appropriate discipline and parenting a child with special needs.
For more information:
Karen E. Nolte, Executive Director

Community and Children’s Resource Board (The), St. Charles

CTF License Plate Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to award grants on an annual basis that support child serving organizations, their prevention efforts and awareness in St. Charles County. Funding supports respite care/crisis nursery services, home visits with Headstart families, infant car safety seats, services to teen mothers, and the annual county-wide baby shower – “Shower of Love” which provides essentials to expectant moms in need.
For more information:
Bruce Sowatsky

Epworth Children & Family Services, St. Louis
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to support the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School Links program. School Links is a voluntary family support program that addresses mental health, emotional, behavioral and educational needs of children and their parents up to age 17. A Master’s level licensed family therapist (LPC) works closely with each family and the school district with the goal of helping at-risk students and their families lead more stable lives by equipping them with parenting knowledge, community reesources, behavior management techniques and relationship building skills.
For more information:
Julie Reed, Chief Development Officer

Epworth Children & Family Services, St. Louis
Project First Step
Project First Step provides weekly home-based family support and mental health services to families that have multiple risk factors resulting in an unstable home.  The program serves a large number of families where one or more members have a developmental disability.  A licensed clinical social worker or professional counselor visits the family’s home for one hour each week with an average length of service of six to eight months.  Some families with greater need will stay in the program for up to one year.  Services include therapy, parenting education, community referrals and follow-up.  Outcomes for families include a reduction in substantiated hotline reports, decrease in high risk factors and parental stress.
For more information:
Julie Reed, Chief Development Officer

Fathers’ Support Center, St. Louis
Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Workshops
The Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Workshops (CAANP) are a community based educational project of the Fathers’ Support Center (FSC) with the assistance of the St. Louis County Department of Health designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of child abuse and neglect and how to prevent it.  Fathers enrolled in the FSC program are provided 10 hours of parent education.  FSC uses the Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families & Communities:  A Violence Prevention Parent Training curriculum which focuses on positive behaviors and attitudes, positive parenting and effective discipline of children.
For more information:
Destini Goodwin, Director of Social Services
314-333-4170 x 105

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, St. Louis
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to assist the Expectant Parent Support Program (described above). With information provided, parents become knowledgeable and are prepared for the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs which reduce the risk of abuse or neglect, infant mortality and the incidence of low birthweight babies.
For more information:
Rene DeFlore, Development Director

Jefferson County Community Partnership, Barnhart
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to support the Safe Babies Program for Jefferson County families. The Safe Babies Program provides parent education classes and facilitates home visitation services through Nurses For Newborns Foundation to provide cribs, monitors, and other essential baby supplies to families in need.
For more information:
Tracy Smith, Executive Director

Kingdom House, St. Louis
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate in St. Louis City and County to support the Kingdom House Family Center which provides respite care to children and their caregivers. Respite services are provided for up to 10 children each day providing care for children in a safe environment and stress relief for parents. Parents are also taught positive ways to manage their stress and anger.
For more information:
Christine Cannon, Associate Executive Director

Lemay Child & Family Center, St. Louis
Family Support Initiatives
Using the Strengthening Families framework, this project enhances strategies to facilitate friendships and support systems among families; strengthens parenting; responds to family crises; links families to services and opportunities; facilitates children’s social and emotional development; increases awareness and how to respond to early warning signs of abuse and neglect; and supports parents.  The Positive Parenting curriculum and the Parents as Teachers Born to Learn curriculum are used in conjunction with other program components.
For more information:
Laura DeWoskin, Curriculum Coordinator

Lincoln County Resource Board, Troy
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate supports parent education within the public schools and WIC participants. The program incorporates the use of Reality Babies for WIC classes and high school students enrolled in Family and Consumer Science courses to teach about Shaken Baby Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Drug Induced Syndrome. Real Care Babies provide expectant and new parents the opportunity to learn how to properly care for their infant as well as acquire coping skills when the baby is fussy and/or cries excessively. Reality Babies are available for loan to each of the four local school districts within Lincoln County to incorporate into their respective curriculum.
For more information:
Kristin Gentry

Marygrove, Florissant
Mentor for Teen Parents
Mentor for Teen Parents works with pregnant or parenting teens currently in the Transitional and Independent Living Programs.  The teen parent mentor/case manager provides direct support, education and information regarding child abuse prevention, mental health, child development, child care, community resources and housing.  The goal of the program is to reduce child abuse and neglect risks by increasing knowledge of child development and parenting, teaching how to access community resources in order to establish a safe living environment, gain confidence, increase self-sufficiency and successfully manage stress.
For more information:
Meghan Mueller, Development Associate

Nurses for Newborns, St. Louis
Bright Futures
Links highly skilled Registered Nurses with high-risk, low-income families experiencing a pregnancy or recent birth. The nurse visits families in their homes providing medical assessment, teaching, parent coaching, case management and advocacy.
For more information:
Melinda Ohlemiller, Executive Director

Nurses For Newborns, St. Louis
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to provide nurse home visitation services for medically fragile and other at risk children and families within Nurses For Newborns service area.
For more information:
Rich Hennicke, Grants Manager

Our Lady’s Inn, St. Louis
Family Strengths Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Support & Education
Our Lady’s Inn provides emergency residential shelter for homeless, pregnant and parenting mothers. The Family Strengths Program incorporates individual support along with a 12-hour family wellness program. Using the Survival Skills model, six 2-hour classes are presented which focus on building healthy family interactions, appropriate child expectations and positive practical parenting behaviors. Through personalized support, specific issues are addressed and practiced.
For more information:
Peggy Forrest

St. Louis Crisis Nursery, St. Louis
CAP in the Community
Through community-based awareness and interventions that mitigate factors that lead to child abuse, CAP Outreach projects provide Crisis Nursery Keeping Kids Safe presentations to community-based groups/organizations; conduct Canvassing Days to reach isolated, underserved neighborhoods; host Community Outreach Days that provide critically needed supplies, parent education, developmental assessments for children and connections to other resources; and conduct home-based interventions with high-risk families.  Area of service includes Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren counties.
For more information:
Rachel Crowe, Family Empowerment Director

St. Louis ARC, St. Louis
Capable Kids and Families
The Capable Kids and Families program model is designed to be effective at reducing abuse and neglect by decreasing risk factors and increasing associated protective factors in families who have a child(ren) 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.
For more information:
John Taylor, Vice-President of Advancement

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Louis

CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate support the Family Resource Center located within Children’s Hospital and, in particular, the Resource Librarian who assists parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s diagnosis in order to provide proper care. Studies indicate that informed parents who know what to expect in their child’s development are better prepared to handle associated stress and less likely to become frustrated, thereby reducing the risk of abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Jeanne Gibbons, Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations

St. Louis City Family Court – Juvenile Division, St. Louis
Crisis Stabilization and Interventions (CSI) 
This is a secondary prevention project for in-home crisis stabilization services to the students and families of Fanning Middle School.  The project uses the Homebuilders model.  In addition to reducing the risk of abuse and neglect, goals include helping families deal with family conflict, child behavior issues and to teach families the skills they need to prevent out-of-home placements in foster care, psychiatric hospitalizations or the juvenile justice system.
For more information:
Joli Baker

SIDS Resources, Inc., St. Louis
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to provide safe cribs and crib sheets benefiting low income or at-risk families with infants in the greater St. Louis (Missouri) metro area including Franklin and St. Charles County. The program identifies eligible families through referrals from partnering agencies including Catholic Charities, St. Louis County Health Department, Family Care Health Centers, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center, etc. A partnership has also been forged with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for assistance. Those families approved for a crib receive a follow-up home visit from a health professional who assembles the crib and educates the family on its use, safe sleep practices and other techniques to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
For more information:
Lori Behrens, Executive Director
314-241-7437 or 800-421-3511

SIDS Resources, Inc., St. Louis
Safe Sleep Training for Rural Populations
SIDS Resources is addressing unsafe sleep practices that have been identified as contributing factors in many sudden infant deaths by providing safe sleep training to community members and professionals.  Training locations are determined based on high need areas identified by the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team.
County Service Area: Statewide
Prevention Focus: Primary – Safe Sleep Training|
For more information:
Lori Behrens, Executive Director

SSM Health Care Foundation, St. Louis
Safe Sleep Through Family Education (SaFE) Project
The SaFE Project provides safe sleep information and resources to at-risk families identified by nursing and social work staff. The target population includes uninsured/under insured and Medicaid eligible families, single parents families, and families where the mother is under nineteen years of age. Education includes CTF’s 5 Simple Steps to Make Your Baby Safe to Sleep materials, and the ABC’s of Safe Sleep campaign. In addition, each participating family will receive a HALO® Sleep Sack® as a tool to implement safe sleep practices for their babies.
County Service area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County
Prevention Focus: Primary – Safe Sleep education and resources
For more information:
Rachel Robison

University City Children’s Center, St. Louis
Healthy Minds for the Future
Healthy Minds for the Future works to prevent child abuse and develop healthy, resilient families by increasing parents’ understanding of the social and emotional development of children, and supporting early childhood educators to become a catalyst for positive family relationships. UCCC helps families identify and build upon the Strengthening Families Protective Factors by creating opportunities for parent networking through groups, family living classes, and social events; providing education on child development; providing information of family support resources, and by building the social and emotional competencies of the children served by the center.
For more information:
Kris Schwetye, Development Associate

Vision for Children at Risk , St. Louis
The St. Louis Community and Family Partnership
Prevention Focus: Primary/Secondary – Strengthening Families
The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership is a coalition of sixty child and family serving agencies in the St. Louis area that implements programs to prevent child abuse and neglect and ensure that more children have safe family environments. The partnership provides a collaborative structure through which agencies can share information and resources and coordinate services. Vision for Children at Risk (VCR) provides staff support and guidance for the partnership. The partnership conducts regional planning and data analysis on child abuse/neglect prevention and child welfare, raises awareness of child abuse/neglect issues, provides opportunities for skills development for child-serving professionals through training and resource-sharing, and coordinates prevention services in order to reduce duplication and maximize resources. Emphasis on the Strengthening Families protective factors is woven into all strategies.
For more information:
Richard Patton, Executive Director

Washington University, St. Louis
Child Well-Being Symposium
The Brown School Policy Forum will present a major Symposium on Child Well-being  November 12-13, 2014. The event is intended to develop an action-based approach to improving public policy regarding children.  The child well-being symposium is one in a series of steps to advance the Brown School as a nationally recognized leader in an assets based approach to child well-being.  A paradigm shift is sought toward focusing on the promotion of healthy child development and well-being rather than viewing child welfare as solely the protection of children.  While currently efforts to better understand child well-being are underway at multiple venues around the world, these efforts have yet to strongly influence policy and practice.  The symposium will facilitate conversations to ultimately shape policy and practice advancing efforts to effectively use child welfare and child health research to inform practice and policy in the areas of child mental health, child welfare and child and youth development. The symposium is envisioned as an opportunity for the academic, policy and practice communities to engage around a common definition of child well-being, how to measure it and how best to use research to shape policy and practice, as well as how practice can shape scholarship.  The Children’s Trust Fund is one of the sponsors of this event.
County Service area: St. Louis Metro
Prevention Focus: Primary –Child Well-Being Symposium
For more information:
Susan S. Stepleton

Women in Charge, St. Louis
Building Stability for Teen Moms
At Women in Charge, teen moms become part of a warm and supportive community of peers, caring professional staff and volunteers.  In addition to literacy and GED classes, coping strategies, and life skills (nutrition, speech/communications, financial literacy), this project uses the Parents As Teachers model and the Teaching Parents of Young Children curriculum to provide parenting education around appropriate developmental expectations and other parenting skills training.
For more information:
Lynn Chapman-Wolf, Director of  Clinical Services and Development

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