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During the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) annual fall Board meeting the Board approved the release of the Application for Prevention Funds for Fiscal Year 2013.  CTF’s General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program Grant Application will be released on Friday, January 13, 2012. An informational meeting regarding the application will be held January 20, 2012 from 10 am – Noon in Room 500 of the Truman State Office Building, Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  It is not necessary to RSVP.  The Truman Office Building is located at 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City.  The CTF Application for Funding will be available via the CTF website on January 13.  For further information please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner at

In other business, the Board elected and welcomed Tom Vansaghi, Ph.D., Kansas City, as the new CTF Board Chair, and Charmaine Smith, St. Louis, as the new Chair-elect.   Vansaghi replaces outgoing Chair Patrice Mugg of Kirkwood.  Vansaghi is the Associate Vice-chancellor of Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, and Smith is the Executive Director for Discovering Options in St. Louis.  Both will serve in this capacity for a two-year term.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF provides grants to community-based organizations throughout the state that focus on child abuse prevention and the support of children and families.