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Governor Parson Approves State Budget with $20 million Allocated for Future CTF Facilities and Infrastructure Grants

Breaking News!

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is thrilled to announce that the Missouri General Assembly has allocated $20 million in funds to CTF for Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023) to support facilities and infrastructure projects for community-based organizations working to prevent and alleviate child abuse and neglect.

Because these funds were just approved last week when the Governor signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, CTF has not yet developed funding guidance or determined allowable uses for these funds. Please know that we will work as quickly as we are able to release a Request for Proposals and hope to do so by early August 2022. We will attempt to make the application process as short and minimally burdensome as possible.

We encourage all of our partners to begin thinking now about what one-time facility or infrastructure projects would be the most helpful and meaningful to your work. Because of our tight turn around and desire to get these funds out as quickly as possible, the application period will likely be short.

CTF is immensely grateful to State Budget Chairman, Rep. Cody Smith, who added these funds to the state budget. Chairman Smith believes that non-profits preventing and addressing child abuse and neglect perform some of the hardest and most meaningful work in the state. These additional funds are a recognition of your work and those that you serve.

Learn more about Missouri’s Budget here. Contact or thank Rep. Cody Smith here.

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Request for Proposals

Funding for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Training & Technical Assistance

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Training and Technical Assistance. CTF is seeking a provider to support the implementation of projects funded by the CTF Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grant Program.

Completed proposals should be emailed to Jennifer Sommerfeld at Jennifer.Sommerfeld@oa.mo.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2022. Selection will be based on the best and lowest bid.

Visit our funding opportunities page for more information.

CTF Awards Funding for Immediate Needs

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is pleased to announce that funding for immediate needs resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has been awarded to seventeen (17) community-based child abuse prevention agencies, and families receiving their services. Over $300,000 in awards were made available through supplemental Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funding received under the American Rescue Plan Act.  Visit our Funded Programs page for more information.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Funding for Immediate Needs

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund’s (CTF) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the immediate needs of community-based child abuse prevention agencies, and families receiving their services, resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At least $300,000 total, one-time funding will be awarded for this purpose, which is made available through supplemental Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funding received under the American Rescue Plan Act. Funding will be awarded to community-based child abuse prevention agencies through an application process that is only open to agencies that received CTF grant funding in state fiscal years 2021 and/or 2022 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2022). Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on March 2, 2022.  Visit our funding opportunities page for more information.

CTF Position Promotions

Please welcome newly promoted employees within the Children’s Trust Fund! Jeni Sommerfeld has accepted the position of Program Director and Tara Goins joins CTF as the new Program Coordinator. Nicole Dunmire also represents CTF as the office’s new Administrative Assistant.

CTF Hiring Grants Specialist

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is excited to announce a current job posting for a Grants Specialist.

Position Summary
This senior-level position will be an integral part of a team managing all aspects of the CTF’s child abuse and neglect prevention grant programs, and public education and awareness activities.  Grants management duties include developing requests for proposals, providing technical assistance to applicants, overseeing competitive bid processes, awarding contracts and supporting grantees in achieving outcomes.  The Grants Specialist will take a lead role in overseeing CTF’s public education contracts and public education activities. The Grants Specialist will work with an array of community, state and national organizations, so ability to build relationships is very important.

Remote work is an option for this position with required trips to the CTF Jefferson City office as necessary.

For additional information and/or to submit an application by 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, please visit Missouri Careers.

Thank you!

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

The 2021/2022 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 seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive. The Resource Guide features chapters such as Creating a More Supportive Society For All Families, Aligning Organizations for Family Resilience and Healing and Protective Factors Conversation Guides for Partnering With Families

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
  • Partners and resources
  • Conversation guides

Invitation for Bids-Advertising/Media Services

Positive Community Norms (PCN) Strategic Advertising/Media Services

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking a Missouri-based, full-service advertising agency to provide services to develop and implement strategic media/social media campaigns using the Positive Community Norms (PCN) approach.  The campaigns shall promote social norms that encourage child well-being in Missouri. The selected agency shall work with CTF and The Montana Institute (TMI) to develop campaign messaging.

Application Process/Timeline
Applicants shall complete all sections of the Narrative (instructions beginning on page 5) and Attachment 1. The application process will consist of the following:

For additional information, please contact Paula Cunningham, CTF Public Affairs Coordinator: 573.751.2266 or paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov. Thank you!

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Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Awards Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Grants

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:  February 2021
ContactPaula Cunningham
Public Education and Awareness Coordinator
573-751-5147/2266
Paula.Cunningham@oa.mo.gov
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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) https://ctf4kids.org/child-sexual-abuse-prevention-grants/

Kids’ Harbor, Inc. – Osage Beach
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Region 4 > Camden, Laclede                                         
$392,607.50

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Violence (MOCSA) – Kansas City
Multilevel Multidisciplinary Team Model for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Region 3 > Jackson
$721,520

Prevention Consultants of Missouri – Rolla
Phelps County Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Collaborative
Region 4 > Phelps                                               
$276,451

The Child Center – Wentzville
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Prevention Program
Region 5 > St. Charles
$287,390

For a complete list of CTF funded programs, please visit https://ctf4kids.org/program-partners/.

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 ctf4kids.org.

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February is National Parent Leadership Month

Governor Parson has signed a proclamation designating February as National Parent Leadership MonthSM (NPLM) in Missouri.

NPLM was initiated by Parents Anonymous® as an opportunity to show appreciation for parents who work to improve the lives of their families, neighbors and communities by lending their voice to local, state and national initiatives and partnering with the staff of programs that they participate in. Parents are a vital resource in family strengthening and child abuse prevention efforts, and acknowledging their wisdom and contributions is important not only in February but all year.

Information on promoting National Parent Leadership Month and ideas/tools for recognizing parent leaders can be found at https://parentsanonymous.org/programs/national-parent-leadership-month/ or https://friendsnrc.org/parent-leadership/national-parent-leadership-month-resources/.

In Missouri, a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has been implemented with parent leaders from across the state.  For more information on the MO PAC, go to https://earlyconnections.mo.gov/get-connected/parent-advisory-council.

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REQUEST for BIDS – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Evaluation Consultation

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is seeking a consultant to assist CTF staff in evaluating projects designed to prevent child sexual abuse. Preference will be given to consultants who have experience evaluating community-based projects with multiple components.

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 17-member Board of Directors.

SCOPE OF WORK
In awarding Child Sexual Abuse Prevention grants, CTF prioritized funding communities with documented high rates and/or high counts of child sexual abuse.  To identify communities with high rates and/or high counts of child sexual abuse, CTF considered the most recently available data by county and by zip code.  Maps illustrating the thirty highest zip codes by rate and count, as well as average child sexual abuse rates by county can be reviewed at:

> Child Sexual Abuse – 30 Highest Zip Codes by Rate and Count: https://arcg.is/1TS9Db2

> Average Child Sexual Abuse Report Rates by County (2008-2018): https://arcg.is/11j1Ku0

CTF seeks a consultant who will work with CTF to:

  • Administer child sexual abuse prevention project assessments to four sites.  Sites will be using multiple strategies in their efforts to prevent child sexual abuse.  Many of those interventions have prescribed evaluation/data collection tools that will need to be incorporated into the assessments.  Approved interventions include:
Approved InterventionsEvaluation Tools
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training (https://www.d2l.org/education/stewards-of-children/)  Stewards of Children training post survey
Child and Teen Safety Matters Curriculum (https://www.mbfpreventioneducation.org/)  Pre/post surveys  
Treatment for youth with problematic sexual behaviors  Treatment assessments, treatment plans, case notes, program exit/completion survey, Multi-Disciplinary Team (when applicable) case notes
Work with youth-serving organizations to establish child protection policies and codes of conduct for how adults interact with children, including use of the Circles of Safety training (https://www.stopitnow.org/circles-of-safety-training)Tracking process outcomes such as number of organizations provided policy improvement consultation, and pre/post assessment (when applicable)  
  • Provide technical assistance on evaluation to four sites.  While some interventions that sites plan to implement have a model-specific evaluation component, CTF is interested in evaluating the overall impact of projects in their respective communities, so developing evaluation plans that incorporate all data is critical;
  • Provide feedback on sites’ progress to CTF staff; and
  • Write final evaluation report on child sexual abuse prevention program progress of grantees.

TIMELINE
February 16, 2021:           Proposals are due to CTF by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
March 10, 2021:                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. The evaluation contract will be based on an evaluation period that will begin March 1, 2021 and end December 31, 2024.

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

  • What are the applicant’s individual and/or agency experience in working on evaluating child abuse prevention programs?
  • Please identify the primary individual(s) who will work on this project and describe their academic and professional background related to evaluation.
  • What is the methodology that the applicant would use to accomplish the scope of work?
  • Why is the applicant interested in working with CTF and/or on the issue of child sexual prevention?
  • Please include a budget, including all-inclusive hourly rate, and estimate of hours needed to complete tasks outline in scope of work.

Completed proposals must be emailed to Laura Malzner at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov by 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2021.  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. 

NEW: Who do you trust with your child?

Parents all need the ability to have trusted caregivers to help them in caring for their children when they go to work or just need a break. Placing a child with a new caregiver and in a new environment, whether that be a daycare setting, babysitter, or known relative may increase the child’s risk of being abused or neglected.

This new Who Do You Trust With Your Child resource offers tips, important information and various considerations when choosing a trusted and safe caregiver for children.

Get your supply today! Visit our online literature order form to make your request. Thank you!

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.

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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