August 24, 2016

Region 7 – Southeast

Region 7 is comprised of the southeast Missouri counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Stoddard, Washington and Wayne.


Dexter Community Regional Healthcare Foundation, Dexter
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to support Mother to Mother, a mentoring program for expecting and new parents age 21 years or younger. Prevention activities include parent support through home visits, safe home risk assessments, safe crib, parent education, mentoring, and infant safety.
For more information:
Melinda Sweeney, Program Coordinator

MBCH Children and Family Ministries, Bridgeton
Pregnancy Services Program Enhancement
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Support and Education/Home Visitation
Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) Children and Family Ministries is enhancing their Pregnancy Services Program by adding a parent education module using the evidence based Nurturing Parents curriculum. Pregnancy Service Specialists work with at-risk clients to create a plan to promote healthy and safe home environments, build parenting skills through child development education, encourage educational opportunities (GED, job readiness resources), and assist with accessing concrete supports (medical care, housing, transportation). This program encompasses the southeast Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott and Stoddard.
For more information:
Trisha Crow

Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, Poplar Bluff
Foothill Families License Plate Project
Utilizes funding from sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate to provide safe cribs for families in need in Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley, and Wayne Counties.
For more information:
Felicity Brady, Executive Director

ParentLink (Curators of the University of Missouri), Columbia
BabyConnect is a prevention program of ParentLink at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in partnership with the Asset Building Center in Hayti Heights and other programs in Missouri’s Bootheel that serve new parents.  Through using a Facebook site for new parents and ParentLink’s Warmline (1-800-552-8522), parents will have an opportunity to connect with each other while receiving proactive problem solving support, research-based information from trained professionals and referral to community resources.  The program also connects with birthing hospitals building upon Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma prevention information including CTF’s Never Shake and Safe Sleep DVD.  Program goals include reducing stress of new parents, reducing isolation, and encouraging appropriate parenting to reduce risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Carol Mertensmeyer, Ph.D., Director

Pemiscot County Initiative Network, Caruthersville
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Pemiscot County Initiative Network utilizes funds from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties to provide parents with young children in need with safety seats and safe cribs.  With additional funds, mini-grants will be offered by PIN to community-based organizations working to prevent child abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Mabelline Woods

Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center, Salem
Teen Mothers Crossroads
Teen Mothers Crossroads works with pregnant and parenting teens to address risk factors and build protective factors by encouraging positive parenting, assistance with continuing education, and providing assistance and resources that will help young parents achieve self-sufficiency.  Life skills workshops are provided and include child development and appropriate expectations and positive parenting techniques.  Mentoring and financial literacy education are also incorporated into the program.
For more information:
Carol Durk, Executive Director

St. Francois County Community Partnership, Farmington
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the sale of the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate in St. Francois County help defray costs associated with public awareness, programs, and educational materials that address child abuse and neglect . Included is support for Project Sunlight, an ongoing taskforce that promotes awareness and prevention of child abuse.
For more information:
Al Sullivan, Executive Director

Whole Kids Outreach, Inc., Ellington
Improving Rural Child Welfare through Education, Health, Employment & Community Building
Through this home visitation program, Whole Kids Outreach (WKO) serves expectant parents, families and young children living in the five county WKO service area.  Risk factors that can lead to child abuse and neglect will be reduced by focusing on parent education and skill building, increasing parents’ education and/or vocational training, increasing skills to acquire gainful employment, expanding options for housing, and improving the overall health of parents and children.
For more information:
Sister Anne Francioni, RN, MA, Executive Director

Whole Kids Outreach, Inc., Ellington
Whole Kids Outreach Healthy Families America
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Home Visitation
Using the Healthy Families America (HFA) home visitation model, Whole Kids Outreach (WKO) will serve up to eighty additional at-risk families. WKO targets pregnant women and teens, parent, infants and children up to three years of age who have risk factors including domestic violence, poverty, social isolation, insufficient access to medical care and others. HFA is an evidence-based voluntary home visiting program that is family-centered, culturally sensitive, strengths-based and proven to effectively promote healthy child development and preventing child abuse and neglect. Service area includes the counties of Butler, Carter, Iron, Reynolds, Shannon, Wayne.
For more information:
Sister Anne Francioni, RN, MA, Executive Director

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