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Available Funding Opportunity

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of funding designed to support initiatives to prevent and reduce incidences of child sexual abuse.

REQUEST for BIDS – Performance Rate Card/Social Impact Financing Development

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking bids for an agency/firm to assist in developing a performance rate card for its home visiting funding.  Additionally, CTF seeks to build infrastructure for a larger pay-for-success initiative in the state of Missouri.

BACKGROUND
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a seventeen member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
CTF seeks an experienced social impact financing firm that will work with CTF to pilot a rate card for home visiting services, including the following key activities:
• Selecting and defining outcome metrics for award payments
• Defining measurement methodology and data needs
• Setting the pricing for outcome awards
• Creating an operations plan for launching and implementing the rate card pilot

TIMELINE
Tuesday, June 30, 2020:  Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m. CST)
Tuesday, July 7, 2020:   Notice of award will be made on or before this date

GUIDANCE
Proposals shall not exceed three pages in length and should detail the following:

 Experience of Agency: Please discuss the applicant’s agency experience and past history in developing social impact financing or pay for success projects. Please include concrete examples of past projects with other states or entities.
• Key Personnel: Please identify the key personnel who will be involved in this project and their expertise in developing social impact financing or pay for success projects.
• Methodology: Please discuss the steps and timeline for delivering the scope of work.
• Interest: Please discuss why the agency has an interest in working with CTF.
• Cost: Please identify and detail the cost for performing the scope of work.

Completed proposals must be emailed to Laura Malzner at  laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Selection will be based on the best and lowest bid. Further inquiries may be made to Laura by email or by calling 573-751-6511/5147.

Stress Resources During COVID-19

The article “Parent’s Have A Right To Be Stressed, but Don’t Take It Out On Your Kids,” co-written by Dr. Bob Sege, states that just as prior generations were deeply affected by the Great Depression, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and the Kennedys and the horrors of 9/11, the Covid-19 pandemic may well be the defining moment in the lives of today’s children. That’s why we owe it to our children to focus on positive experiences during these difficult times, while minimizing adverse experiences that can wound children for a lifetime. We already know that positive experiences, especially close relationships, promote healthy child development and allow us to withstand the ups and downs of life beyond the current pandemic.

With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is a perfect time to raise awareness and take actions to support children and create experiences that will help them understand, grow, and be resilient in this unprecedented time.

#Essential4Kids Resources during COVID-19

Reporting Abuse is #Essential4Kids during the COVID-19 Crisis

A MUST READ!  Missouri KidsFirst is kicking off #Essential4Kids, a campaign designed to educate adults on how to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect in our communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Unfortunately in times of instability and stress, rates of child abuse and neglect increase. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the state, reports to the Missouri Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline have declined dramatically. Child advocates are concerned that as children stay at home, they are isolated from those places where adults often look out for their safety and well-being, including schools, child care facilities, places of worship and other public areas.

Check out these resources for more information:
#Essential4Kids: Missouri KidsFirst Announces New Resources to Protect Children from Abuse in Response to COVID-19 Crisis News Release
#Essential4Kids: Resources to Protect Kids From Abuse During COVID-Crisis

Balancing ACES with HOPE

The future of our society is bright, and it rests with our children, who are the leaders, parents, citizens and workforce of the future. In turn, the well-being of our children is the responsibility of all of us. The Balancing ACES with HOPE document provides insight into the role of positive experience on child and family development.This report presents evidence for HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) based on newly released, compelling data that reinforce the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development despite the adversity common in so many families. These data:

    • Establish a spirit of hope and optimism and make the case that positive experiences have lasting impact on human development and functioning, without ignoring well-documented concerns related to toxic environments.
    • Demonstrate, through science, the powerful contribution of positive relationships and experiences to the development of healthy children and adults.
    • Describe actions related to current social norms regarding parenting practices, particularly those associated with healthy child development. These actions are based on data that suggest that American adults are willing to intervene personally to prevent child abuse and neglect.
    • Reflect upon the positive returns on investment that our society can expect as we make changes in policies, practices, and future research to support positive childhood environments that foster the healthy development of children.

Thus, this report contributes to a growing body of work – the Science of Thriving – that encourages us to better understand and support optimal child health and development.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

How can we reduce ACEs and toxic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic? Many of us are concerned that increased stress might increase the risk for ACEs. For example, most child abuse happens when adults reach their breaking point. However, we are not powerless in the face of these challenges. Using HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) as a guide, this blog series, Love in the Time of Corona Virus, written by Dr. Bob Sege, provides suggestions to help reduce ACES.

Available Funding Opportunity

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors is pleased to offer funding for Discretionary Grants for Fiscal Year 2021.

A FANTASTIC Resource to Use Throughout the Year! Check It Out!

The 2019 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong & Thriving Families was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being & prevent child maltreatment.

It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child & youth development. The Resource Guide can be used along with the Protective Factors in Practice Scenarios, Tip Sheets, Outreach MaterialsActivity Calendars to implement prevention strategies in your community.

Released in preparation for April–National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the guide provides information that anyone can use & share throughout the year including:
– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse
– tools to help build community awareness & support
– understanding child maltreatment
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish

CTF Board Members Elected to Leadership Roles

Faulkner; Heskett; Emily van Schenkhof, CTF ED; Beechner-McCarthy

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

CTF Board: Beechner-McCarthy; Heskett; Faulkner; Jim Anderst, MD; Rep. Kip Kendrick; van Schenkhof; Megan Price (Sen. Jill Schupp); Cherisse Thibaut; Peggy Krokstrom; Mike Howard

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.

 

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm & Programmatic Activities

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:
> https://www.cdc.gov/features/child-abuse-neglect/index.html
> https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/index.html

Prenatal-to-Three Data Guidebook

Measuring Success:  Healthy Development by Age 3

The developmental period extending from prenatal to age three provides the foundation for children’s school readiness, health and well-being.

The National Collaborative for Infants & Toddlers (NCIT) — powered by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative — has identified a set of evidence-based metrics, drawn from research, to track the health and development of children prenatal to age three with data that is comparable and reliable across states, communities and diverse families.  The Prenatal-to-Three Outcomes Framework Data Guidebook details the NCIT measurements system, or Outcomes Framework, and contains detailed recommendations for using the right outcomes and indicators, and their data sources, to measure the success of policies and programs in your state or community.

Supporting this framework is the underlying belief that, with a focus on equity, states and communities can build and sustain locally responsive systems, programs and policies that meet the needs of infants, toddlers and their families.

The following are just a few of the important indicators related to child well-being that are described within the Guidebook:

>Program & Policy Expansion Indicator:  Home Visiting (p19-20)
>Child & Family Indicators:

  • Reduced Incidence of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking (p27-28)
  • Increase in Children who Receive Warm, Attentive & Responsive Caregiving (p33)
  • Reduced Incidence of Maternal Depression (p35-36)
  • Reduced Incidence of Parenting Stress (p37)
  • Reduced Incidence of Abuse & Neglect (p38-39)
  • Reduced Incidences of Child Injuries, Death & Health Issues (p42)

After the Cradle Falls Book

What  Child  Abuse  Is,  How  We  Respond  To  It,  And  What  You  Can  Do  About  It

Suggested Reading:  CTF recommends this book entitled After the Cradle Falls by Melissa Jonson-Reid & Brett Drake.  Melissa presented on the content of her unique book during the 2019 CTF Prevention Conference, where CTF offered a copy to each attendee to foster shared learning about child abuse and neglect prevention.  Geared toward the general public, CTF encourages you to read as well!  Get your copy!

–There may be no other social problem so common, yet so little understood by the general public, as child abuse and neglect. This book is intended to help remedy that situation. After the Cradle Falls integrates examples from folklore, songs, and news articles with the latest summary of empirical research to create an accessible and engaging work intended to provoke the reader to think about how to address the issue of child abuse and neglect in America. Written in a conversational style, the book engages the reader in thinking through why maltreatment occurs, what it looks like, and what we do and do not know. Most importantly, it asks the reader to become involved in the solution based on their own conclusions and values.

Given the prevailing state of widespread public misunderstanding about child abuse, its causes and effects, and the involved systems, After the Cradle Falls is particularly current, relevant, and useful. It is a must-read for students, professionals in child advocacy or family services agencies, and policymakers.

Recall Alert: Stop Using Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Immediately

Safe Sleep for Babies.  #AloneBackCrib
Attention Parents and Caregivers!  The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has been recalled. Learn about what you can do if you have one by visiting How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained and spread the word to your networks.

It’s important to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Safe Sleep Recommendations to keep babies safe from suffocation.  Please use caution when buying products and avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.

— Reducing dangers for families means holding infant sleep products to the highest standard, says NICHQ President and CEO, Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “Every year, we lose thousands of babies to preventable deaths, and that means we need to do more to help families understand and follow safe sleep practices—that includes protecting them from purchasing products that could cause harm. We should all be working to make things easier for families, not more confusing. As a national children’s health organization, we stand behind the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

> Fisher-Price recalls more inclined baby sleeper products following Rock ‘n Play recall – USA TODAY 6-19
> Products that Cause Infant Death should be Recalled – National Institute for Children’s Health Quality 4-19

#AloneBackCrib

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all dads & father figures!  Thank you for making #GreatChildhoods happen!

Click here for terrific Fatherhood Resources  offered by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

#StrongFamiliesSafeKids

Expanding & Enhancing Home Visiting in Missouri

An analysis by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund – March 2019

Dear Friends and Partners,

One of my favorite expressions is “if it was easy, we’d have already done it.”

Creating a high-functioning home visiting system that is accessible to all families in need is not easy. For years, Missouri has spent millions of dollars on home visiting, without a deliberate cross-agency strategy to increase the efficiency, quality and reach of these programs. Although it is not easy, it is time that we take our commitment and conversations to the next level and create true change.

Expanding and Enhancing Home Visiting in Missouri — An analysis by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) provides a starting point to making our system better. We are not asking for perfection, nor are we asking for or expecting agreement on all fronts. What we are asking for is a commitment to getting better. Regardless of what your role is or where you are, every single one of us can control our openness to change, our willingness to consider new ideas and the effort we put into improving services for Missouri families. CTF asks for your commitment to making our state home visiting system better.

In the coming months, we hope to have many conversations on how we can work together to make improvements. I hope you will consider what your role could be in the ‘not so easy’ task of creating the best home visiting system in the nation.

Emily van Schenkhof
CTF Executive Director

INVITATION for BIDS — Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition Strategic Planning Consultant

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking a consultant to assist the Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition to create a State strategic plan to reduce infant unsafe sleep fatalities in Missouri.

BACKGROUND
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the sole purpose to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a seventeen member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
CTF seeks a consultant who will work with CTF to:
• Conduct a literature review of evidenced-based infant safe sleep practices
• Provide a review of emerging promising practices to promote infant safe sleep
• Convene the Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition
• Create a State strategic plan to reduce infant unsafe sleep related fatalities in Missouri that includes specific objectives, activities, measures, etc.

TIMELINE
Wednesday, February 20, 2019:  Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 28, 2019:  Notice of award will be made on or before this date

GUIDANCE
Proposals shall not exceed three pages in length and will respond to the following:

• Please identify the primary individual(s) who will work on this project.
• What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience and knowledge related to infant mortality, collective impact and safe sleep initiatives?
• What is the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in developing/producing infant safe sleep strategic plans?  Please provide an example of the applicant’s work plan process in developing a safe sleep strategic plan and the final product.
• Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF on the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention as it relates to infant unsafe sleep fatalities?
• Please provide a Scope of Work, including a related timeframe, for the requested project.
• Assuming a project period of March 1 – August 30, 2019 (six months), please provide an itemized budget detailing the basis for costs (how costs were calculated) to conduct the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work.

Completed proposals shall be emailed to Paula Cunningham at paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Selection shall be based on the best and lowest bid.  Further inquiries may be made to Paula by email or by calling 573-751-2266/5147.  Thank you. 

Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Awards Nearly $815,000 in New Child Abuse Prevention Grants

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors awarded nearly $1.5 million in prevention grants in Fiscal Year 2019 to fifty-six (56) child-serving organizations throughout Missouri.

Of the amount, $814,936.50 in new funding was directed to twenty-eight (28) general prevention and training grants to focus on protecting children, increasing knowledge and strengthening families’ abilities to lessen child abuse and neglect risk factors. The balance totaling $678,362.50 will fund an additional twenty-eight (28) renewal grants to continue prevention projects from previous distribution cycles.

“Deciding what we award each year is the hardest and best part of CTF’s job,” said Emily van Schenkhof, CTF Executive Director. “The projects we have funded in Fiscal Year 2019 are some of the best child abuse prevention projects in Missouri—we are confident that they will change lives for our children.”

The funds were awarded following a competitive grant and review process and will support evidence-based and promising programs including home visiting, parent education, infant safe sleep, fatherhood support, sexual abuse prevention, training and collective impact.

Established by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983, CTF is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships. In its 35-year history, CTF has awarded over $64 million in non-general revenue to date to support community-based programs statewide.

CTF receives funding through dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on the Missouri State Income Tax Return, sales of the specialty CTF prevent child abuse license plate, general donations, Interest income for the Fund and a federal grant administered through the Administration of Children and Families.

For additional information, visit ctf4kids.org.
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Giving Tuesday-December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday - Logo#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  #GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. CTF has become a #GivingTuesday partner to encourage families and individuals to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating to a favorite cause. The following is a list of ways that CTF is promoting #GivingTuesday and encouraging you to do what you can to help us prevent child abuse and neglect across Missouri.

  • Does your employer offer matching gift donations? Consider making a #GivingTuesday donation today.
  • Donate to CTF in a number of ways. Learn more.
  • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on #GivingTuesday.
  • Be a social media ambassador yourself for #GivingTuesday. Share the message on your social media accounts.

INVITATION for BIDS – Positive Community and Social Norms Consultation

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) seeks a consultant to assist CTF Board and staff in developing a comprehensive communications strategy to promote protective cultural norms designed to prevent child maltreatment.

BACKGROUND
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the sole purpose to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a seventeen member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
CTF seeks a consultant who will work with CTF to:

  • Implement a process to collect, identify, evaluate and assess social and community norms related to prevention, child maltreatment and child well-being in Missouri.
  • Foster a statewide approach involving Missouri state departments, other public/private agencies, stake holders, grantees, etc. to participate in decision-making and to encourage a unified effort to address child abuse prevention through the promotion of desired social norms.
  • Complete an assessment of Missouri residents to inform baseline data, including reviewing available relevant data, conducting surveys, polling, etc. The consultant will provide technical assistance specific to developing social norms questions/survey instrument for the determined survey platforms, which an outside entity may be used to administer.
  • Review and assess data to identify attitudes, behaviors, misperceptions, gaps, etc. and identify 2-5 social norms related to preventing child abuse (including child sexual abuse) that will be the basis for strategic communication messaging.
  • Develop data-informed messaging based on the identified social norms to deliver to the Missouri-based advertising/media company of CTF’s choosing, which CTF and its team will be in regular contact to inform and guide the work to ensure successful delivery of the creative design and execution of the plan.
  • Evaluate the process and impact of the social norms messaging in preventing child abuse and neglect in Missouri.

TIMELINE
Friday, October 19, 2018: Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 26, 2018: Notice of award will be made on or before this date

GUIDANCE
Proposals shall not exceed three pages in length and will respond to the following:

  • Identify the primary individual(s) who will work on this project.
  • What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience and knowledge related to conducting child welfare, child maltreatment or child well-being research?
  • What is the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in assessing social norms and developing a social norms communications campaign?
  • Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF on the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention?
  • Please provide a Scope of Work, including a related timeframe, for the requested project.
  • What is the proposed budget amount to conduct the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work (assuming a contract period of January-June 2019, July 2019-June 2020, July 2020-June 2021, July 2021-June 2022)?

Completed proposals shall be emailed to Paula Cunningham at paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov by 5 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018. Selection shall be based on the best and lowest bid. Further inquiries may be made to Paula by email or by calling 573-751-2266/5147.  Thank you.

September is Baby Safety Month

When we know better, we do better! September Baby Safety Month is an opportune time to highlight Infant Safe Sleep and encourage EVERYONE to practice the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Guidelines to prevent infant suffocation and strangulation.  Together, let’s keep all babies safe.  #AloneBackCrib

— Always put baby to sleep ALONE, on his/her BACK, in a safe CRIB for naps and night time sleep. Putting baby down to sleep with adults, other children or animals can cause baby to suffocate.

— Place baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or portable play area with a firm sleep surface and fitted sheet. Do NOT place baby to sleep on an adult bed or other soft mattress, waterbed, sofa, chair, beanbag, pillow, cushion, other soft surface or in a car seat, sling, swing, bouncer or stroller.

— Remove all soft objects toys, blankets, bumper pads, pillows from the baby sleep area.

— Dress baby in a sleeper/sleep sack instead of using a blanket or other covering.  Do not let baby overheat.

— Put baby to sleep alone in a crib or bassinet, but in the same room where you sleep. Bed sharing is dangerous.

What does a Safe Sleep Environment look like?

Ways to reduce Suffocation and SIDS

Get the FAQs

The Missouri Child Fatality Review Program Annual Report 2016
In 2016, there were 71 unintentional suffocation deaths of children under age one.  Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB) is the leading cause of infant injury deaths and is directly related to unsafe sleep environments including soft bedding, overlay, wedging, entrapment and strangulation.

ASSB is preventable, so EVERYONE needs to know about infant #SafeSleep.
#ShowMeSafeSleep in Missouri.

INVITATION for BIDS – Safe Sleep Video Consultant

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking a consultant to assist CTF staff in developing and producing a Safe Sleep video to serve as an educational tool to promote safe sleep practices and prevent infant death. The video will be utilized by Missouri birthing hospitals, child serving agencies and the general public.

BACKGROUND
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the sole purpose to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
CTF seeks a consultant who will work with CTF to:

  • Develop a Safe Sleep education video that leverages detailed analysis of infant death, first-person interviews and consumer insights.
  • Convene and provide expert guidance to a Safe Sleep Planning Committee of stakeholders to identify common strategies, objectives, needs and aspirations for the Safe Sleep video.
  • Research and review sleep related infant deaths in Missouri to inform the video content and to better understand existing barriers, trends, gaps in education, and prevention methods.
  • Develop presentations about learned information for the stakeholders and creative/production teams.
  • Develop and facilitate in-person interviews with a diverse pool of families for inclusion within the video.
  • Facilitate focus groups/design sprint with stakeholders and families; information gained shall inform the project and guide the messaging strategies, script, creative, etc.
  • Develop final recommendations and creative brief for production team/audiovisual consultant.
  • Partner with the selected production company to ensure creative brief is followed for script and shot list development.

TIMELINE
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Notice of award will be made on or before this date

GUIDANCE
Proposals shall not exceed two pages in length and will respond to the following:

  • Please identify the primary individual who will work on this project.
  • What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience and knowledge related to infant mortality, collective impact and safe sleep initiatives?
  • What is the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in developing/producing safe sleep videos, campaigns, messaging, scripts, etc.?
  • Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF on the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention?
  • Please provide a Scope of Work, including a related timeframe, for the requested project.
  • What is the total, all-inclusive proposed budget amount to conduct the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work (assuming a contract period of October 2018-March 2019)?

Completed proposals shall be emailed to Paula Cunningham at paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  Selection shall be based on the best and lowest bid. Further inquiries may be made to Paula by email or by calling 573-751-2266/5147.  Thank you.

INVITATION for BIDS

Child Abuse Epidemiology Consultation —

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking a consultant to assist CTF staff in accessing, interpreting and presenting child abuse and neglect data.

BACKGROUND
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the sole purpose to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
CTF seeks a consultant who will work with CTF to:

  • Increase CTF understanding of the epidemiology and etiology of child abuse;
  • Develop presentations for CTF Board and staff on data on child abuse and neglect in Missouri;
  • Assist CTF Board and staff in staying current on the latest data on child abuse and neglect in Missouri and nationwide; and
  • Assist CTF Board and staff in incorporating data into decisions made by CTF.

TIMELINE

  • September 14, 2018: Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
  • September 21, 2018:  Notice of award will be made on or before this date

GUIDANCE
This contract will be paid based on an all-inclusive hourly rate of actual hours worked with the total expenditures not to exceed $25,000. The contract period will begin October 1, 2018 and end June 30, 2019. Renewals are possible depending on the success of the project and the needs of CTF Board and staff.

Proposals shall not exceed two pages in length and will respond to the following:

  • What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in working with data on child abuse and neglect and/or other public health issues?
  • Please identify the primary individual who will work on this project and describe their academic background related to epidemiology and/or data.
  • Please explain the applicant’s familiarity with data sources on Missouri-specific indicators of child abuse and neglect.
  • Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF and/or on the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention?
  • What is the all-inclusive hourly rate charged by the applicant?

Completed proposals must be emailed to Laura Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov by 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018. Selection will be based on the best and lowest bid. Further inquiries may be made to Laura by email or by calling 573-751-6511/5147. Thank you.

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REQUEST FOR BIDS!

REQUEST FOR BIDS – Policy and systems change advocacy consultation

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund’s is seeking a consultant to assist CTF staff and Board with developing a policy agenda to prevent child abuse and neglect in Missouri.

BACKGROUND

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  Located within the Missouri Office of Administration, CTF is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK

CTF seeks a consultant that will work with CTF to:

  • Develop a process to effectively identify and respond to policy issues that could affect child abuse and neglect in Missouri;
  • Develop an advocacy agenda for 2019;
  • Advise in the implementation of the advocacy agenda; and
  • Monitor bills and action at the Missouri General Assembly.

TIMELINE

August 3, 2018:           Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 pm)

August 10, 2018:         Notice of award will be made on or before this date 

GUIDANCE

Proposals shall not exceed one pages in length, and will respond to the following:

  • What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in working with non-profits and/or funders on public policy advocacy?
  • What is the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in working with Missouri’s Medicaid system?
  • Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF and/or on the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention?
  • What is the total, all-inclusive budget amount that the applicant is proposing to the do the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work (assuming a contract period of August 15, 2018-June 30, 2019)?

Completed proposals must be emailed to Laura Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov by 5 pm on August 3, 2018. Selection will be based on the best and lowest bid.

Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book

Find out how Missouri’s youngest residents are doing.  The 2018 Missouri KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides valuable data related to child Demographics, Economic Well-Being, Family/Community and Education. This information facilitates conversations about general trends in child and family well-being. The following two resources are available and include data about Missouri & its counties that can help drive policy, inform grant writing & assist communities in improving the lives of children & families:

  • 2018 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book.
  • 2019 Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book – State Trends in Child Well-Bing

Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a nonprofit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri. Thank you for your work.

 

 

 

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services – Resource Parents – Columbia

www.lfcsmo.org

LFCS has been a huge blessing for me and my little family through the good and bad. – Resource Parents Participant

On a Thursday evening, a group of nearly fifteen young parents and their children met at a local church for a pizza dinner together and to visit, catch up with one another and socialize. Soon after their children were scurried off to the play area, they got down to business. Circled around in chairs, Erin Maynard of Lutheran Family & Children’s Services, led a discussion about modeling positive reinforcement. The parents listened intently and were asked to reflect on and share their own parent/child experiences: ‘Say thank you. Say I love you. Listen. Compliment a school project or homework assignment. Be helpful. Don’t be quick to anger. Ask about your child’s day. Smile and be positive.’ These parents were familiar with one another; most had been a part of the group for several years. Over time, they had developed into a friend group providing comfort, support and advice.

In 2017, the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS) served nearly one hundred parents and children through its Resource Parents program using the Nurturing Parents curriculum. Participants are either pregnant and/or parenting, and age 22 years and younger. They meet twice a month for two hours where a meal, childcare, transportation and a licensed clinician are part of the deal. During their time together, they learn about, discuss topics such as protective factors, child development, safe sleep, stress, discipline techniques, resilience and budget management.

“We offer a therapeutic support group where parents experience a sense of belonging and support as they express normal parental frustrations,” said Heather Wall, LFCS Director. “Obviously an unplanned pregnancy is a stressor. Finding yourself pregnant as a teen, alone, living in poverty at a young age and without support causes immediate frustration and stress.” She said Resource Parents focuses on helping young parents access prenatal care, remain in school, successfully complete their high school education or obtain their HISET, develop connections, and build their parenting skills and knowledge, so they can be the best parents they can be while lessening the chances of child abuse and neglect.

Hall described a 17-year-old mother who showed amazing resilience. She took everything LFCS offered and excelled. This young mom had struggles, but she did what she needed to do to support her family. She stayed in high school, graduated and continued her education after completing the rigorous process to receive financial aid. She then navigated the system on her own to obtain child care so that she could maintain a job at the VA Hospital.

“When these young moms walk through our door, they are in a tough predicament and are many times at rock bottom. ‘Look at me…I can’t put food on the table. Look at me… I can’t do this. Look at me…I just got pregnant and everyone is mad at me.’ They don’t feel very good about themselves,” Wall said. “LFSC always accepts them where they are in their place. Building relationships allows us to be more direct when sharing information later, and allows the moms to be more accepting of help.”

Wall says it’s a beautiful thing when young moms realize a sense of hope in trusting, learning and connecting with others. During the Resource Parents meeting, one mom complimented another by saying, “You look so much more confident and happier since we first met you. You seem to be in a better place.” The other mom said with a smile, “Yes, I am in a better place. Thank you for noticing.”

Heather Wall, LFCS Director, shows off the Clothing Boutique.


Teen Parenting

— Teen pregnancy is a risk factor for child abuse.

— Some studies of physical abuse, in particular, reveal that teenage mothers exhibit higher rates of child abuse than older mothers do. Other factors such as lower economic status, lack of social support, and high stress levels contribute to the link between young parents and child abuse. – Child Welfare Information Gateway

 


Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book – mokidscount.org
Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book – aecf.org/resources/2018-kids-count-data-book/
Number of births to teens (age 15-19) in 2016:

— 79 in Boone County/10.4 births per 1000 teens
— 4,501 in Missouri/ 23.3 births per 1000 teens
209,809 in the United States/20 births per 1000 teens


Promoting Protective Factors for Pregnant & Parenting Teens: A Guide for Practitioners
Building protective factors for pregnant and parenting teens can help them to develop skills, personal characteristics, knowledge, relationships, and opportunities that offset risk factors and contribute to improved well-being.

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CTF Recieves $260,000 Memorial Bequest

CTF - Marigene Smith BrewerThe Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is grateful to receive a $260,000 memorial gift from the Marigene Smith Brewer Estate. The bequest is the largest single private gift in CTF’s history and will be used to further CTF’s mission to prevent child abuse.

“I had the pleasure of working with Marigene during her tenure with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,” said John Heskett, CTF Board of Directors Chair. “Not only do I recall a dedicated professional who advocated for strong and responsive services for students with disabilities, but also a person with a wonderful sense of humor – an exceptionally nice person. Her gift to the Children’s Trust Fund came as a complete surprise, but that was who Marigene was. A person who did not seek out recognition, but a person who saw needs and responded in kind. Thank you Marigene for your generous gift.”

Marigene of Jefferson City passed away January 25, 2018 following a courageous battle with cancer. As a life-long learner and educator, she had a strong passion for child well-being. With a Master of Arts in Teaching, her professional career included being a teacher, counselor, school administrator and educational consultant. Marigene spent several years teaching incarcerated youth in Colorado, working largely with Native American teenagers and young adults. She served as a Principal with the Portageville School District and retired as Supervisor of Special Education Services with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Division of Special Education.

The CTF Board of Directors is honored to receive the gift and will name a specific grant in her memory as an enduring reminder of Marigene’s commitment to children.

“Her teaching experiences helped her form the realization that without interventions, students are at higher risk of school and social failure,” said Brenda Allen, Marigene’s cousin. “The idea that children all over Missouri will benefit from a grant in Marigene’s name makes us so very proud. We can think of no more fitting tribute.”

CALL for PROPOSALS – CTF Child Abuse Prevention Conference April 15-16, 2019

 

 

 

 

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(please click the link to access the Call for Proposals document)

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.

CTF is pleased to open this Call for Proposals for its bi-annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference scheduled Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia, Missouri.  The conference serves to facilitate opportunities for participants to network, share and learn about #StrongFamiliesSafeKids.

CTF is interested in a wide scope of topics associated with strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. Submissions for consideration are invited from qualified organizations and individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

CTF expects approximately 250 attendees from child and family serving organizations across Missouri.  Each presenter shall receive a free conference registration, lodging and paid travel expenses as necessary and as funds are available.  

The Call for Proposals received shall be reviewed following the Tuesday, June 5, 2018 submission deadline.  

For further information, please visit ctf4kids.org or contact CTF at 573.751.5147 or ctf@oa.mo.gov.  Thank you for your interest!

 

St. Joseph Youth Alliance – Every Child Matters Safe Crib Program

Anita Jolly, St. Joseph Youth Alliance Caring Communities Director, is shown with Pack ‘N Plays distributed through the Every Child Matters Safe Crib Program.

• The St. Joseph Youth Alliance is a CTF License Plate Partner.  Funds raised from CTF plate sales sustain the Every Child Matters Safe Crib Program.
• 284 cribs/portable cribs distributed over the past 3 ½ years
• Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs, in a Safe Crib: remove all soft objects, toys blankets, bumper pads from the sleep area.  Co-sleeping is dangerous.

youth-alliance.org  
The loss of a child is heartbreaking for the child’s parents, the child’s family and the entire community, especially if the child’s death was preventable.

In 2013, the St. Joseph Youth Alliance recognized a need for improved education on safe sleeping environments for infants.  The Alliance convened a community meeting where the discussion centered on ways to reduce infant death rates and to ensure the safety of Buchanan County children.  How can we keep our kids safe?  What impacts kids?  What will make a difference?  What age is most at risk?  Who and what deserves attention?

As a result of that meeting, the Alliance launched the Every Child Matters (ECM) Infant Safe Sleep Program.  A Missouri Children’s Trust Fund grant funded the program to provide families with the tools and education needed to keep their babies safe during sleep and prevent suffocation and strangulation.

“ECM provides a portable crib to income eligible families who are pregnant or have a child under age one,” explained Anita Jolly, St. Joseph Youth Alliance Caring Communities Director.  “These portable cribs are affordable, easy to assemble and safe.”

But ECM works to alleviate parental stress, going beyond supplying a fifty dollar crib. A parent’s courage to request a crib also opens the door to other community resources and support systems. When parents pick up a crib, they are required to learn about the ABCs of safe sleep and watch the CTF Safe Sleep for Your Baby video, and they are connected to other support services. These services, like Circle of Parents and JUMP, a mentoring and employment program for young parents, provide further parenting education and child developmental assessment.

Jolly recalled a very sad event involving a homeless family staying in a local hotel.  The parents had called ECM for a crib but did not show for pick up.  The baby died that night.  Jolly said the incident reinforced the idea that the timing of an infant’s death cannot be predicted, so parents must always practice safe sleep for their babies.  She said the tragic incident enhanced community resolve to keep kids safe.

ECM benefits from strong referral relationships with Catholic Charities, Community Action Partnership (CAP) and Mosaic Life Care Medical Center. The Medical Center in particular is very invested and maintains a high level of commitment to ECM by sharing safe sleep information, including the Safe Sleep for Your Baby video, with every new parent.  A new mom may deliver her newborn and not have anywhere for the baby to sleep or means of transportation.  It is not uncommon for nurses to pick up the crib from ECM for the parent to have upon going home.

Jill Smith, St. Joseph Youth Alliance Family Connections Youth Case Manager, remembers a mom who dropped by the Alliance after hearing about ECM from the local Children’s Division office.  The mom was in need of a crib for her nine-month-old son.  She had two other children and described herself as a ‘former pill addict’, who had been clean for 1 1/2 years.  Jill worked with her to complete the paperwork, shared safe sleep information and presented the Safe Sleep for Your Baby video.  With teary eyes and heartfelt emotion, she expressed her thankfulness.  Jill then invited her to attend Circle of Parents that evening, explaining that a meal would be served and that items such as adult bed pillows, sheets and towels donated by the local Bed Bath & Beyond would be offered to attendees.  The mom gladly accepted.

Families receiving a crib are typically dealing with multiple stressful situations — homelessness, financial stress, lack of knowledge, inadequate transportation, the embarrassment of asking for help, illiteracy, a lack of social and emotional support — which may put them at higher risk of abusive or neglectful behavior toward
their child.

Jolly said the best part of working for ECM is being able to help families by actually giving them a crib during their time of greatest need, but even more important is providing a lasting safe sleep environment for the baby, and support and education to families for the long-term.  “ECM takes away some stress and pressure of feeling overwhelmed,” said Jolly.  And in this case, that means ensuring a safe place for babies to sleep.
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Missouri
• 96 Sleep Related Deaths
— 74 Diagnosed as Suffocation with 71 Under Age One

Region 1-Northwest Missouri
• 6 Sleep Related Deaths
— 4 Sleep Surface Sharing
— 1 Bedding or Soft Item
— 1 Wedged or Pinned

Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri, 2016 Child Fatality Review Program (CFRP) Annual Report-Missouri Department of Social Services, State Technical Assistance Team (STAT)

CTF Safe to Sleep Information
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Prevention $ense March 22, 2018

Child well-being is a shared responsibility.
Strengthening families & preventing child abuse & neglect fosters positive childhood experience, which helps lead to better life-long health, well-being & overall success.
Do you support child abuse prevention efforts?
— Most of us do without realizing it.
Do you volunteer, donate money, mentor or engage to help families and kids?
— Then yes, you support prevention.
All kids deserve a great childhood. Thank you!
Please plan to attend the  36th Annual Child Advocacy Day  from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Missouri State Capitol. Missouri’s Annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child advocates & communities to speak up & ask lawmakers to make the health, safety & education of Missouri’s children the top priority for the state. The event is FREE, but please  REGISTER  & check out the  agenda  – workshops, Rally for Children, KIDSCOUNT Roundtable, legislator visits, exhibits. See you all there!
Friday, April 6 is Go Blue Day!   Please join CTF for its annual 1.3 mile  Go Blue Wellness Walk   from the Harry S Truman Building & through downtown Jefferson City.
Wellness Activities
— SSM Health Care – St. Mary’s Hospital
— Capital Region Medical Center
— Missouri River Regional Library
Please  register here  for a nice walk outside between
11a-1:30p. Remember to wear blue in support of prevention & #StrongFamiliesSafeKids .
If you can’t make this walk, please plan, host, celebrate & share your own #MOGoBlueevent!
The  2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe & Families Strong In Supportive Communities   was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being & prevent child maltreatment. It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child & youth development. The Resource Guide can be used along with the  Protective Factors in Practice Scenarios  & the  Activity Calendars  to implement prevention strategies in your community.
Released in preparation for  April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month , the guide provides information that anyone can use & share throughout the year including:
– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse
– tools to help build community awareness & support
– understanding child maltreatment
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish

2018 Prevention Resource Guide

The 2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe & Families Strong In Supportive Communities was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being & prevent child maltreatment.

It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child & youth development.

The Resource Guide can be used along with the Protective Factors in Practice Scenarios & the Activity Calendars to implement prevention strategies in your community.

Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the guide provides information that anyone can use & share throughout the year including:

– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse
– tools to help build community awareness & support
– understanding child maltreatment
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish

CTF Go Blue Wellness Walk

Go Blue Day Wellness Walk Flier

Friday, April 6 is Go Blue Day! Please join CTF for its annual 1.3 mile Go Blue Wellness Walk from the Harry S Truman Building & through downtown Jefferson City.

Wellness Activities
— SSM Health Care – St. Mary’s Hospital
— Capital Region Medical Center
— Missouri River Regional Library

Please register here for a nice walk outside between 11a-1:30p. Remember to wear blue in support of prevention & #StrongFamiliesSafeKids.

If you can’t make this walk, please plan, host, celebrate & share your own #MOGoBlue event!

Child Advocacy Day 2018

Please plan to attend the 36th Annual Child Advocacy Day from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Missouri State Capitol. Missouri’s Annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child advocates & communities to speak up & ask lawmakers to make the health, safety & education of Missouri’s children the top priority for the state.

The event is FREE, but please REGISTER & check out the agenda – workshops, Rally for Children, KIDSCOUNT Roundtable, legislator visits, exhibits. See you there!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

CTF - 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month 1

Child well-being is a shared responsibility.
Strengthening families & preventing child abuse & neglect fosters positive childhood experience, which helps lead to better life-long health, well-being & overall success.
Do you support child abuse prevention efforts?
— Most of us do without realizing it.
Do you volunteer, donate money, mentor or engage to help families and kids?
— Then yes, you support prevention.
All kids deserve a great childhood. Thank you!

CTF Training Schedule

REGISTER HERE for Training!
Child well-being is a shared responsibility. 
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) 2018 Training Schedule will promote the two following trainings:

These are both very important, popular and worthwhile trainings that help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.  CTF has previously invested in train-the-trainer learning events for each, and will sponsor six (6) each of these two trainings – free of charge – during the 2018 calendar year and following years.

Click here for more details and to register for a training near you! 

Prevention $ense February 28, 2018

Children’s Trust Fund FY17 Annual Report

CTF - Annual ReportThe Children’s Trust Fund Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report highlights CTF’s grants, partners, public education campaigns and overall prevention work from July 2016 through June 2017. During that time, CTF awarded over $1.6 million in prevention funding to support over 100 community-based programs providing parent/family education, home visiting, safe sleep education, mentoring, respite care, sexual abuse prevention, fatherhood initiatives, protective factors training, public awareness, parent café training and much more. Since its 1983 inception, CTF has awarded nearly $58 million to strengthening families and prevent child abuse and neglect in Missouri.


FRIENDS Resource of the Month

Get FREE Online Training! Available 24/7!

FRIENDS - LogoFRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is a valuable partner of the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF). As Missouri’s lead CBCAP agency, CTF receives training and technical assistance from FRIENDS, and we want to pay forward their Resource of the Month.

The FRIENDS Online Learning Center offers accessible continuing education and professional development. It is designed to provide high quality, subject-specific training at no cost — developing a logic model, evaluation techniques, child abuse prevention, program implementation, parent leadership, protective factors, financial decision making and more.

This online training is a great option for those who are unable to attend in-person trainings or need a refresher on a certain topic. Check it out!


Project THRIVE Feature Program

Great Circle, Kirksville – Project THRIVE CBCAP
greatcircle.org

Project ThrivePeople Helping People is a slogan commonly heard to describe the community of Adair County. Like Adair County, Project THRIVE is a program of People Helping People.

Angela Hunolt, Project THRIVE Coordinator, said, “Ultimately, our goal is to strengthen family resilience. We want to improve their outcomes, reduce their costs, help the families, promote family empowerment, and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect long-term by sustaining that collaborative effort with those network of providers.”

Click here for more information or visit page 3 of our Annual Report.

CTF Announces Funding Opportunity

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund’s (CTF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of funding for State Fiscal year 2019 for General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (GCANP) Grants, Training Initiative Grants, and Discretionary Grants.

General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Program 

CTF anticipates awarding $500,000 -$600,000 for FY 2019 to support eligible agencies/organizations that work with communities and families in Missouri to prevent child abuse and neglect.  The Request for Applications is accessible here.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2018 to be considered.  Award notices will be announced following the CTF Board’s June 6, 2018 meeting.  Questions regarding the application and application process may be directed to Program Coordinator, Laura Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov.

Training Initiatives Grant

CTF anticipates awarding up to $100,000 for training projects in FY 2019 for training initiatives designed to prevent the abuse and neglect in children. The Request for Applications is accessible here.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 23, 2018 to be considered.  Award notices will be announced following the CTF Board’s June 6, 2018 meeting.  Questions regarding the application and application process may be directed to CTF Program Coordinator, Laura Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov.

Discretionary Child Abuse and Neglect Grant Program

CTF anticipates awarding $45,000 to $50,000 for FY 2019. Through the Discretionary Grant Program, CTF provides up to $7,500 in funding to support one-year projects designed to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.  The Request for Applications is accessible here.

The deadline for submitting a Discretionary Grant application is April 13, 2018.   Notices will be made following the CTF Board of Directors meeting scheduled the first week of June 2018. Questions regarding the application and application process may be directed to Program Coordinator Laura K. Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov.

24/7 Dad Program Reduces Child Abuse and Neglect Risk

Research study finds National Fatherhood Initiative program reduces risk of
child abuse and neglect.

CTF - 24/7 DadsA qualitative and quantitative study of National Fatherhood Initiative’s (NFI) 24/7 Dad® found that the program leads to highly significant increases in four of the five protective factors shown to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. This study analyzed the results of the Protective Factors Survey (PFS) to measure change in 645 fathers participating in two Texas fatherhood programs. It was conducted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the University of Texas at Austin.

This study represents the largest evaluation of 24/7 Dad® to-date. Founded in 1994, NFI has developed numerous, evidence-based fatherhood curricula and resources for community-based and governmental fatherhood programs. 24/7 Dad® is the most widely used fatherhood program in the U.S. The evidence-based curriculum helps fathers develop the five characteristics of a 24/7 Dad®: self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills.

According to the 2016 Annual Report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, every nine minutes a child in Texas becomes a victim of abuse or neglect. The 24/7 Dad® evaluation was part of a broader evaluation by CFRP of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Division’s (PEI) Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow (EFFECT) program. Two of the three Texas fatherhood programs that use 24/7 Dad® and contract with PEI to implement the Fatherhood EFFECT program – BCFS Health and Human Service and the Child Crisis Center of El Paso – were part of the CFRP evaluation.

The CFRP evaluation analyzed the PFS survey results of fathers before and after 24/7 Dad® ended. The evaluation sought to measure EFFECT’s overall impact on increasing protective factors of fathers —family functioning and resilience, social support, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support and nurturing and attachment—to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and to promote positive family wellbeing.

The results of the PFS surveys among fathers participating in 24/7 Dad® found:

  • An overall score increase from pre-to post-program of 5.1 to 5.6.
  • Highly significant increases in four of the five protective factors: Family Functioning/Resiliency, Social
    Support, Child Development/Knowledge of Parenting, Nurturing and Attachment.
  • 91 percent of dads experienced improvement in at least one protective factor.
  • 14 percent of dads experienced improvement in all five factors.
  • Highly significant increases in all five characteristics of the 24/7 Dad®.

In addition, the study found that the greater number of 24/7 Dad® sessions participants attended, the more improvement they made in building the protective factors.

“The results of the CFRP evaluation of 24/7 Dad® are eye-opening and encouraging,” said Christopher Brown, president, National Fatherhood Initiative. “NFI is committed to improving paternal engagement and child well being. In order to achieve those goals, our programs and resources must equip fathers to positively engage in their children’s lives. The fact that this evaluation supports the effectiveness of 24/7 Dad® for all dads regardless of ethnicity, marital status, location of residence and education lends credibility to it and reinforces our work to increase the number of fatherhood programs using 24/7 Dad® nationwide.”

About National Fatherhood Initiative

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) was founded in 1994 to reverse our nation’s destructive trend towards father absence. Today, more than 24 million American children live in homes in which their biological fathers do not live. On average, these children face a host of risks to their physical, economic, social, and emotional well-being as a result of living without the presence of an involved, responsible, and committed father. Therefore, NFI’s mission is to transform organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children’s lives. Accordingly, we accomplish our mission by:

  • Educating all Americans, especially fathers, through social media, earned media, research and free
    resources.
  • Equipping organizations and communities with fatherhood programs and resources, and through
    training, planning, and technical assistance services.
  • Engaging and assisting organizations and communities to mobilize at the micro- and macro-level to
    increase the involvement of fathers in children’s lives.

For more information on National Fatherhood Initiative, visit fatherhood.org.

 

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes several new members and reappointments to its Board of Directors.

“The Governor has reached out to individuals who are committed to children and to the prevention of child abuse or neglect,” said John Heskett, Ed.D, CTF Chair. “Each new member brings specific gifts and talents to our work. I look forward to working with each of these new appointees.”

“We are deeply grateful to the Governor and First Lady for prioritizing the safety of Missouri children and working so hard to find truly excellent Board members for CTF,” said Emily van Schenkhof, CTF Executive Director.

CTF - Melissa BirdsellMelissa Birdsell (pictured right) of St. Joseph is the Executive Director of the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves children who have been physically or sexually abused or severely neglected. She holds an associate degree in legal studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Missouri Western State University.

CTF - Monica DavisMonica Davis (pictured left) of Rolla is the Principal at Rolla Public Schools. She is involved in the Rotary Chapter of Rolla, Rolla Cancer Gala Board and is the Interim President of the Missouri Association for Elementary School Principals. Davis earned her doctorate at Lindenwood University.

CTF - Sharon FaulknerSharon Faulkner (pictured right) of Springfield is an Accountant and Investment Advisor at Shaw, Faulkner & Werner Financial Group, Inc. She is also an Investment Advisor Representative with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. Sharon served as Treasurer and President of Isabel’s House Board of Directors and was a Springfield Children’s Home Board member. Faulkner holds an associate degree in accounting from Missouri State University.

CTF - Mike HowardMichael Howard (pictured left) of Crestwood is the CEO of YouthBridge Community Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree in marketing from Webster University.

Governor Eric Greitens also recently reappointed James Anderst, M.D., of Kansas City; Amy Beechner-McCarthy of Rolla; and John Heskett, Ed.D., of Chesterfield to the CTF Board.

Created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983, CTF is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes several new members and reappointments to its Board of Directors.

“The Governor has reached out to individuals who are committed to children and to the prevention of child abuse or neglect,” said John Heskett, Ed.D, CTF Chair. “Each new member brings specific gifts and talents to our work. I look forward to working with each of these new appointees.”

“We are deeply grateful to the Governor and First Lady for prioritizing the safety of Missouri children and working so hard to find truly excellent Board members for CTF,” said Emily van Schenkhof, CTF Executive Director.

CTF - Melissa BirdsellMelissa Birdsell (pictured right) of St. Joseph is the Executive Director of the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves children who have been physically or sexually abused or severely neglected. She holds an associate degree in legal studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Missouri Western State University.

CTF - Monica DavisMonica Davis (pictured left) of Rolla is the Principal at Rolla Public Schools. She is involved in the Rotary Chapter of Rolla, Rolla Cancer Gala Board and is the Interim President of the Missouri Association for Elementary School Principals. Davis earned her doctorate at Lindenwood University.

CTF - Sharon FaulknerSharon Faulkner (pictured right) of Springfield is an Accountant and Investment Advisor at Shaw, Faulkner & Werner Financial Group, Inc. She is also an Investment Advisor Representative with Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. Sharon served as Treasurer and President of Isabel’s House Board of Directors and was a Springfield Children’s Home Board member. Faulkner holds an associate degree in accounting from Missouri State University.

CTF - Mike HowardMichael Howard (pictured left) of Crestwood is the CEO of YouthBridge Community Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree in marketing from Webster University.

Governor Eric Greitens also recently reappointed James Anderst, M.D., of Kansas City; Amy Beechner-McCarthy of Rolla; and John Heskett, Ed.D., of Chesterfield to the CTF Board.

Created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983, CTF is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.

Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday - Logo#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the seventh annual event. #GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. CTF has become a #GivingTuesday partner to encourage families and individuals to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating to a favorite cause. The following is a list of ways that CTF is promoting #GivingTuesday and encouraging you to do what you can to help us prevent child abuse and neglect across Missouri.

  • Does your employer offer matching gift donations? Consider making a #GivingTuesday donation today.
  • Donate to CTF in a number of ways. Learn more.
  • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on #GivingTuesday.
  • Be a social media ambassador yourself for #GivingTuesday. Share the message on your social media accounts.