November 21, 2014

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.

Butler County Community Resource Council, Poplar Bluff
Parenting Skills for Young Parents
Parenting Skills for Young Parents builds and strengthens parenting skills among participants in the Butler County Community Resources Council’s Teen Parent Mentoring Program and in the Early Head Start Program using the Systematic Training for Effective Parent (STEP) curriculum.  Increased knowledge in understanding young children and their behaviors, building self-esteem in early childhood years, improved parent/child communication skills and teaching effective discipline are goals of this program.
For more information:
Karen Crook
573-776-6130

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:
Yvonne Hall, Interim Executive Director
573-624-1607

Dexter Community Regional Healthcare Foundation, Dexter
Strengthening Stoddard County Families
A Family Resource Center model is used to support at-risk pregnant and parenting families through coordinated services.  Services include home visitation, parent education and training, peer and social support through peer activities, mentoring, Parents as Teachers, knowledge of primary care initiatives, and linkage to resources such as literacy, employment and housing.
For more information:
Yvonne Hall, Interim Executive Director
573-624-1607

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
314-739-6811

New Madrid County Missouri Mentoring Partnership, New Madrid
Young Parent Program
The Young Parent Program is a mentoring program that helps young women, ages twenty-one or younger who are pregnant or parenting and their partner, to develop the skills necessary to become an independent self-sufficient adult.  The program focuses on continuing education, finding and maintaining employment, information on living a healthy lifestyle and practicing positive parenting skills.
For more information:
Tonya Vannasdall, Director
573-748-2778

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
573-785-6402

ParentLink (Curators of the University of Missouri), Columbia
BabyConnect
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
573-882-2645

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
573-333-5301

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
573-739-4673

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
573-760-0212

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, Executive Director
573-663-3257

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