Governor Matt Blunt today announced that the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors approved and awarded over $1.2 million for Fiscal Year 2009 in grants to 60 community-based organizations throughout Missouri for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The funded prevention grants focus on home visitation and parent education, including safe crib and mentoring programs that help pregnant and parenting teens by providing education, resources and support. Others provide parenting classes and introduce infant massage kits to new parents to encourage and develop positive bonding. Grandparent and fatherhood initiatives, the Strengthening Families model, crisis nurseries, professional development training, and sexual abuse prevention continue to be addressed through this funding. CTF also invests in programs that support families of medically fragile babies and other special needs children who are at-risk of abuse.
CTF is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and provides grants, education and public awareness to community organizations across the state. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary (1983-2008), CTF was established by the Missouri General Assembly as a non-profit organization and has distributed over $40 million dollars to date of non-general revenue funding to support families and prevent child abuse.