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For Immediate Release:  February 2021
ContactPaula Cunningham
Public Education and Awareness Coordinator
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Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Awards Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grants
Nearly $1.7 in Funding Obligated Over Four Year Period

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors recently awarded nearly $1.7 million in funding over four years through its Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grant Program.  This is the first time in CTF history that funds have been specifically allocated to child sexual abuse prevention.

“With these grants, CTF intends to create a lasting and replicable model of safety for children, tailored to the communities in which they live,” said  Jim Anderst, MD, MSCI, CTF Program Chair.  “These grant funded programs aim to create a culture of sexual abuse prevention in high-risk communities using the strengths of the people who make up the communities and agencies that serve those communities.  This is one step in the direction of ending child sexual abuse.”

Through a competitive bid and review process, CTF selected four grantees to receive funding to implement their projects in the Lebanon/Max Creek, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Peters areas.  CTF prioritized projects that proposed using a public health approach and implementing multiple interventions to reduce child sexual abuse in zip codes with high counts and rates of reported child sexual abuse. 

Overall, the program interventions include writing or revising policies and codes of conduct for child and youth serving organizations, providing the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training for adults, school-based education, and evidence-based therapeutic services for youth with problematic sexual behaviors (YPSB).

“The silence and discomfort that adults face in discussing sexual abuse only protects perpetrators of abuse,” said Emily van Schenkhof, CTF Executive Director.  “CTF is determined to help end the silence around sexual abuse and encourage communities and all Missouri citizens to do more to protect our children.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience child sexual abuse at some point in childhood.  In addition, 91% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone the child or child’s family knows.                                       

4 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grants – $1,677,968.50 (Fiscal Years 2021-2025)

Kids’ Harbor, Inc. – Osage Beach
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Region 4 > Camden, Laclede                                         

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Violence (MOCSA) – Kansas City
Multilevel Multidisciplinary Team Model for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Region 3 > Jackson

Prevention Consultants of Missouri – Rolla
Phelps County Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Collaborative
Region 4 > Phelps                                               

The Child Center – Wentzville
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Prevention Program
Region 5 > St. Charles

For a complete list of CTF funded programs, please visit

The Children’s Trust Fund is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, awareness, public education and partnerships.  For additional information visit