The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors is pleased to offer funding for Discretionary Grants for Fiscal Year 2021.
During the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) annual fall board meeting in October 2019 in Jefferson City, the Board elected Amy Beechner-McCarthy, Rolla, as the new Board Chair, and Sharon Faulkner, EA, Springfield, as the new Chair-Elect. Beechner-McCarthy replaces outgoing Board Chair John Heskett, Ed.D, Chesterfield, who has served in the leadership role for the past two years since October 2017.
“As a former foster parent I have experienced the impact of abuse on children and their families. We have an obligation to do better and work harder to prevent the physical and sexual abuse and neglect of children. The hard work of CTF staff and Board members in adopting and implementing a strategic plan is moving us in the right direction. I am grateful to serve in the role of Board Chair. Working together, we will make a lasting, positive change for the children and families in Missouri.’ — Beechner-McCarthy
Beechner-McCarthy was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to the CTF Board in July 2015, and will serve a two-year term as Chair until October 2021. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Russell House, a shelter and service provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Faulkner was appointed by Governor Eric Greitens to the CTF Board in November 2017. She is an Accountant and Investment Advisor at Shaw, Faulkner and Werner Investment Group, Inc. She is also an Investment Advisor Representative with Voya Investment Advisors, Inc. Faulkner will serve as Chair-Elect during the same time period ending 2021, and will then assume the Chair position through October 2023.
Join the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri and the FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council this February to celebrate National Parent Leadership Month (NPLM). NPLM celebrates the importance and contributions of family leaders by highlighting the many opportunities available for parents, professional, policy makers and other community stakeholders… opportunities that build and support strong and safe families.
In order to support, acknowledge and celebrate parent leaders, FRIENDS has created materials that you can use throughout the year to celebrate parent leadership!
Click here to receive your certificates of recognition, appreciation cards, online tools and other educational resources.
DMH Missouri Parent Advisory Council — https://dmh.mo.gov/healthykids/parent-advisory-council
Parent’s Anonymous Toolkit — http://parentsanonymous.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NPLM_TK_All-07-16-v2.pdf
Thank you Governor Mike Parson for the 2020 Proclamation highlighting February National Parent Leadership Month.
Valuable read from the CDC! Child abuse and neglect are complex problems rooted in unhealthy relationships and environments. Preventing child abuse and neglect requires a comprehensive approach that influences all levels of the social ecology, community involvement, relationships among families and neighbors, and individual behaviors.
Effective prevention strategies focus on identifying policies, practice and societal norms to create safe, stable nurturing relationship and environments.
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect:
- strengthen economic supports to families
- change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
- provide quality care and education early in life
- enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
- intervene to lesson harms and prevent future risk
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention: