October 31, 2014

Region 6 – Southwest


Region 6 is comprised of the southwest Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster and Wright.

Alliance of Southwest Missouri (The), Joplin
CBCAP – Project CARE
Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is a federally funded program designed to strengthen families with young children by providing coordinated wrap-around family-centered services and support that promotes the safety and well-being of children and reduces parent stress. A community network coordinator works with the larger provider community network in building capacity, organizing and delivering services to families in an integrated, strength-based and comprehensive way. Each eligible family works with a lead agency and the overall provider network to develop and implement a family roadmap for achieving their stated goal(s). The comprehensive system of care includes family assessment of resources and needs, linkage to a medical home and necessary wrap-around (flexible) services. This project serves families in Jasper and Newton counties.
For more information:
Nancy Corley, CBCAP Coordinator
417-782-9899

Alliance of Southwest Missouri (The), Joplin
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
The Alliance of Southwest Missouri utilizes funds from sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Jasper, McDonald and Newton counties to support  Child-Parent Relationship Training, a research based 10-week parenting course.  Additional funds are used to support Stewards of Children training which addresses child sexual abuse prevention.
For more information:
Kari Clements, Executive Director
417- 782-9899

Barceda Families, Lamar
CBCAP – Project TEAMS
Project TEAMS – Together for Empowerment and Accountability to Maximize Self-Sufficiency is part of the federally funded Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program.  The program is designed to strengthen families with young children by providing coordinated wrap-around family-centered services and support that promotes the safety and well-being of children and reduces parent stress. A community network coordinator works with the larger provider community network in building capacity, organizing and delivering services to families in an integrated, strength-based and comprehensive way. Each eligible family works with a lead agency and the overall provider network to develop and implement a family roadmap for achieving their stated goal(s). The comprehensive system of care includes family assessment of resources and needs, linkage to a medical home and necessary wrap-around (flexible) services. This project serves families in Dallas, Hickory and Polk counties.
For more information:
Kim Sukany, TEAMS Coordinator
417- 777-2648

Barceda Families, Lamar
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty license plate in Barton, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Hickory and Polk counties to provide prenatal education through home visits to expectant mothers in their second trimester, host parent education classes, and provide essential items on a case by case basis to ensure the safety and well being of children.
For more information:
Jamie Hillman, Executive Director
417-681-0065

Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the CTF prevent child abuse license plate are utilized to provide prevention education workshops and training seminars for parents, foster parents, child advocates and professionals who work with children and families.
For more information:
Denise Mills, Director of Corporate Services
417-269-7254

Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield
Healthy Steps
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Home Visitation
The Healthy Steps home visitation program provides services to at-risk families with children ages 0-3. The program is integrative in that medical staff and Healthy Steps Specialists surround families in supportive environments to address a broad array of early childhood physical and developmental concerns. In partnership with the Jordan Valley Federally Qualified Health Center, Burrell’s Healthy Steps program works with families to answer developmental questions; helps to explain physician’s findings and instructions; and offers referrals and resources pertinent to individual family needs. The Healthy Steps model focuses on children’s health and development, encouraging wellness and healthy choices, educating families, and promoting school readiness through the Reach Out and Read program (encouraging parents to read to their children). This program supports positive brain development through the association of language (verbal and written), images, and parental interaction (bonding).
For more information:
Holly Jones, Ph.D.
417-761-5026

Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Joplin
Crisis Nursery Services
Children’s Haven provides physical and emotional refuge for children whose families are experiencing a crisis.  Services are provided 24 hours a day/seven days a week and are available free of charge to any family in southwest Missouri.  In addition to providing temporary crisis care to children and youth in a safe setting, parents are provided information on community resources to help them resolve their crisis.
For more information:
Stephanie Theis, Executive Director
417-782-4453

Children’s Miracle Network, Joplin
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to provide a certified safe crib to families with financial need in order to reduce the number of unsafe sleeping arrangements and crib related injuries. A home safety inspection is conducted at the time of crib delivery to assess other potential safety issues within the household. Children’s Miracle Network works in conjunction with Parents As Teachers to implement the project in Jasper, Newton, Barry, Lawrence, and McDonald Counties.
For more information:
Heather Lesmeister, Program Coordinator
(417) 347-4624

Curators of the University of Missouri (The), Columbia
Healthy Couples, Healthy Children
Prevention Focus: Primary – Training for Professionals
Healthy Couples, Healthy Children (HCHC) Project promotes healthy family relationships and reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect and the risk of maltreatment in children and adolescents by increasing relationship knowledge and skills of professionals who work directly with children, parents and families. The HCHC approach is to increase the family professional’s access to relationship and marriage education by providing full-day workshops patterned after the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training model.  This evidenced-based model presents key patterns of thinking and behaviors associated with healthy, stable couple relationships that can be taught in educational settings and with diverse audiences. The core components of the model are strengths-based, process-oriented and infused with cognitive and behavioral elements that build relationship quality.  With this grant, the project is being implemented in Greene County.
For more information:
David Schramm, Ph.D.
573-882-7560

Doula Foundation of Mid-America, Springfield
First Connections
This project provides home visiting services and group educational classes to at-risk pregnant and postpartum women.   Home visits conducted prenatally and postpartum provide participants with parent education on topics such as prenatal development, labor and delivery, breastfeeding and infant development.  At-risk mothers are also provided case coordination services designed to address risk factors and improve birth outcomes and bonding.
For more information:
Denise Bischof, Executive Director
417-832-9222

Healthy Families Task Force Stone and Taney Counties, Forsyth
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support child health, health literacy, family and safety issues in Stone and Taney Counties. Services include conducting community health and wellness workshops, car seat safety training, and car seat safety checks. Training is provided for teen moms and child care providers and safe sleep and crib safety is addressed.
For more information:
Nellie Lamers, Family Financial Education Specialist
417-546-4431

Isabel’s House, Springfield
Client Long-Term Sustainability Project
For families who access Isabel’s House crisis nursery services three or more time per year, a family advocate provides face-to-face follow up meetings.  In addition to crisis care resolution, prevention services are provided during a 12-month period.  Family advocates meet with families in their home or other community setting to develop skills and build tools to handle future daily emergencies and crisis situations.  Isabel’s House is a respite crisis care emergency facility that provides children a safe environment at times when the risk of abuse/neglect in the home are increased.  The crisis nursery program offers 24-hour child care free of charge for a maximum of 30 days per year in order to relieve a potential or existing emergency within the family. Parents voluntarily request and arrange this service.
For more information:
Executive Director
417-865-2273

Isabel’s House, Springfield
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Christian, Greene and Webster counties to provide additional support to the Assistant Family Advocate and direct care staff positions so that appropriate staff to child ratios can be maintained.  Funds also provide opportunity for greater community awareness of the Crisis Nursery program.
For more information:
JaeLeann Velton, Program Manager
417-865-2273

Kornerstone, Inc., Shell Knob
Teen Mom Program
The Teen Mom Program provides comprehensive community services via a Doula designed to empower teens to work towards delivering a healthy full-term baby.  The Doula provides case coordination, extended support and education throughout the pregnancy, delivery and post delivery as the parent works toward self sustainability and independence.  Promotion of a positive mother-child relationship, nurturing, attachment and bonding is a primary strategy to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Marlene Whitham, Executive Director
417-858-2887

Parenting Life Skills Center – A Great Circle Agency, Springfield
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty license plate in Christian, Greene and Webster counties to provide parent education program aimed at fathers as well as child development education for parents.
For more information:
Gary Johnson, Executive Director
417-831-9596

Parenting Life Skills Center – A Great Circle Agency, Springfield
Empowering Families – In-Home Parent Training
The Empowering Families project works to prevent child abuse and neglect through a variety of evidence based models providing home based parent education for underserved populations in Greene and surrounding counties.  The curricula for the parent education classes/workshops include Active Parenting 1-2-3-4 Parents; Active Parenting of Teens, Families in Action; and Parenting Wisely.   Topics covered include child development knowledge and care, nurturing, discipline, promoting cognitive and academic skills.
For more information:
Gary Johnson, Executive Director
417-831-9596

Parenting Life Skills Center – A Great Circle Agency, Springfield
Empowering Parents
Building upon previous experience and lessons learned, PLSC is implementing an activity-based program designed to serve approximately 80 youth ages 16-19 who are at risk for unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships and those already pregnant or parenting.  The target area encompasses youth residing in the Springfield Community and surrounding areas who attend Ozark Technical Community College (OTC) – Middle College program.

Empowering Families Lessons on Life initiative will increase the amount of time spent with teens, increase the depth of topic discussions and broaden the range of topic areas. PLSC in partnership with OTC Middle College, an alternative high school for under-performing and under-represented students, is developing a pilot class/workshop that will be offered to all currently enrolled students.  The workshop incorporates into the required class list for OTC Middle College youth and is built into the student’s school schedule. All classes are offered on-site at OTC Middle College which allows students to utilize the school’s childcare services and eliminates the need for transportation.

Classes meet twice per week for 1 hour and 30 minutes each semester (a total of 18 weeks) enabling PLSC to thoroughly explore each topic, new ideas and improve the youth’s level of understanding.  With this additional time, the education lessons will move beyond just parenting skills and will include prevention topics. The curriculum covers issues including: how to have healthy relationships, interpersonal violence prevention, parenting, pregnancy prevention and preventing child abuse and neglect.

Parent workshops are offered for the parents of the youth at the OTC Middle College who are participating in this program.  Workshops will help strengthen the protective factors of the youth served by helping them to create or maintain a healthy parent/child relationship, develop a support system and model healthy relationships with their children.
For more information:
Gary Johnson, Executive Director
417-831-9596

Pregnancy Care Center, Springfield
Healthy Families, Healthy Babies ICU Medical Mobile Services
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Support and Education
The Healthy Families, Healthy Babies Education and Mentoring Program provides coordinated and comprehensive services/resources for young women, men and their families, the majority of which fall below the federal poverty levels. The ICU (Image Clear Ultrasound) Medical Mobile Unit is part of the Healthy Families, Healthy Babies program.  This program features mentoring for a positive future, preparing for parenthood and training to build healthy relationships and prevent child abuse and neglect. Support is provided through medical and social service support.  The project expands the service area of the mobile unit services throughout a six county service area which includes Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone and Webster.
For more information:
Kimberly Costello
417-877-0800

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