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2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book

2016 Data-book-CoverThe Family & Community Trust (FACT), recently released the 2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual report is a collaborative project of FACT, the Annie E. Casey FoundationOffice of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and 20 Community Partnerships from across the state.  The book was released during an April 5 press conference at the University of Missouri.

The report provides an annual, state and county-level analysis of
child well-being measuring indicators of Economic Security, Child Protection and Safety, Education and Health.  Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.

To examine trends over time, Missouri KIDS COUNT compared the most current data (2014) to 2010 baseline data, which revealed that seven outcome measures improved in Missouri during this time period including:  births to teens, unintentional injury, annual high school dropouts, births to mothers without a high school diploma, infant mortality, child deaths and low birth-weight infants.  Outcomes that worsened during the same time period include children under 18 in poverty, child abuse/neglect and family assessments, and children entering/re-entering state custody.

Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Trust Fund.

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book (pdf)

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT County Pages (pdf)

Prevention $ense, March 31, 2016

April is Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month

CAPMflyer2016April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month here in Missouri and across the country.  This year’s theme focuses on Building Community, Building Hope. Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.  Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids is scheduled for Friday, April 8.  Please join us along with thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention.  Please visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for additional resources and ideas.

 

Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Prevention Resource Guide 

2016 Prevention Resource GuideThe 2016 Prevention Resource Guide – Building Community, Building Hope is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.  Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year.  ________________________________

 

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities

CECANF-final-reportAfter two years of meetings, research and deliberations, the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities issued their final report and recommendations on March 17. The 168-page report, entitled “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” presents recommendations for actions that the Commission believes will be effective in ending these deaths as the result of child abuse and neglect.   Also download the helpful fact sheet.

 

Child Advocacy Day 2016

ChildAdvocacyPlan to attend Child Advocacy Day, Wednesday April 6, 2016, Missouri State Capitol.   In its 34th year, Missouri’s annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child advocates and communities to speak up and ask lawmakers to make the health, safety, and education of Missouri’s children a top priority for the state.  Register here.

 

Within Our Reach:  A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities

CECANF-final-reportThe Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities issued a final report and recommendations on March 17, 2016. The 168-page report, entitled “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” presents 10 recommendations for actions to help organizations and communities implement a strategic response to protect children at high risk of fatality from abuse or neglect.

With the release of the report the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds offered the following statement expressing appreciation for the work completed:

We applaud the important work of the Commission in identifying strategies, approaches and policies to support children and families so that every child in our nation can thrive,” commented Teresa Rafael, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. “We commend the Commission on their dedicated approach in reviewing what is working in communities across the country and carefully considering their recommendations and issuing their call to action in protecting our nation’s children. It is particularly noteworthy that during its review and deliberations, the Commission sought the advice of parent advocates and highlighted their testimony and recommendations.  We are pleased that the Commission has recommended the need to transform our child welfare systems for the 21st century to incorporate a public health approach that works beyond traditional child protection systems to a broader cross systems approach. Supporting children and families and the work of eliminating child abuse and neglect fatalities will require collective action from community leaders, parents, public and private partners and policy makers. The Alliance is eager to work with lawmakers and others to support this important work of advancing our shared goal of eliminating child fatalities and helping every child in America have the great childhoods they deserve.”

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
Full Report:  Within Our Reach
CECANF Fact Sheet

Aiding in the Development of Vital Parenting Skills

YWCA St JosephParenting for Prevention increases the availability of parenting classes and works to reach parents at their cognitive level. The program has been wholey funded by CTF and offered through the YWCA of St. Joseph.  Two ten-week sessions are held to provide parents information and to help develop parenting skills necessary to raising healthy children and to decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect. One of the program’s focuses is teaching parents how to interact with their children, and helping them understand that every child has a different personality so no one tactic will work with all. The program focuses on children 2 to 12 years old.

Class topics center around understanding child development, developing positive family communications, building positive social and emotional skills in both parent and child (responsiveness, sensitivity, nurturing), discipline and appropriate behavior management, and promoting self-reliance by sharing information from community services like Parents as TeachersEarly Head StartCircle of Parents, Success by Six and others.

We spoke with Ellen Kisker, YWCA Prevention Educator, to learn more about Parenting for Prevention.

AUDIO: Ellen discusses one of the most common concerns of parents, discipline, and how the program’s materials help the parents.

AUDIO: Ellen discusses the short- and long-term goal of Parenting for Prevention.

For more information visit ywcasj.org or call Ellen at 816-232-4481.

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month 2016

CAPMflyer2016April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month here in Missouri and across the country.  This year’s theme focuses on, “Building Community, Building Hope.” Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.  Go Blue Day  for Missouri’s kids is scheduled for Friday, April 8.  Please join thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention. Prevention begins with each of us – in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, schools, churches and wherever children and families congregate.  To learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being, and how to engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment, please explore the following resources:

Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Resource Guide

2016ResourceGuide-CoverThe 2016 Prevention Resource Guide – Building Community, Building Hope is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.  The 2016 guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.

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

Connecting Parents to their Babies with Operation Connect

clip from incredible years vidThe Operation Connect (formerly known as Caregiver Connections) program focuses on parenting education and parent-child attachment using The Incredible Years Parenting Series and Theraplay. This Kansas City-based program is funded in part through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and housed within Operation Breakthrough.

Operation Breakthrough’s mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving, and educational environment. Incredible Years is an evidence-based curriculum incorporating parent, teacher and child social skills training.  Theraplay is an established method for improving the parent-child relationship using the four dimensions of healthy interaction-Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge as its framework.  The program targets high-risk families, especially those with multiple risk factors.

We spoke with Brijin Gardner, Director of Clinical and Social Services for Operation Connect, about the program.

AUDIO: Brijin talks about the program’s domino effect.

The majority of families served by Operation Connect are working or in school and have inflexible work schedules, and parents who don’t have access to insurance or mental health services.

AUDIO: What are Brijin’s ultimate goals for Operation Connect?

The Center strives to support and empower the children’s families through education, advocacy, referral services, and emergency aid.

AUDIO: How Operation Connect helped one mom during a stressful time with her child.

The majority of moms don’t recognize themselves as a change agent in their child’s lives. Operation Connect equips parents with knowledge that they are a change agent in the life of their child.

AUDIO: Brijin explains her vision while creating the program and incorporating Theraplay.

For more information, please call Operation Breakthrough at 816-756-3511.

 

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes  Sharon E. Rohrbach, St. Louis, and James D. Anderst, M.D., Kansas City, to the CTF Board of Directors.  Both were appointed by Governor Jay Nixon on March 2, 2016 and will begin serving immediately.

Sharon RohrbachRohrbach is a Registered Nurse and the President of Dynamic Change, LLC, an organizational consulting company serving non-profit agencies across the nation.   She is the founder and past CEO of Nurses for Newborns Foundation with offices in St. Louis and Nashville, TN.  She also previously served on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, the Governor’s Task Force to Reform Missouri State Government and the Missouri State Early Childhood Coordinating Board.  Rohrbach replaces Patrice Mugg of Kirkwood who had served on the Board since 2005.

James Anderst, M.D.Anderst is a Pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO where he has served since 2008.   He is currently Division Chief of the Division of Child Abuse and Neglect at the hospital.  He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine.  He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Helfer Society, the State Task Force on Children’s Justice, the State Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, the Missouri SAFE/CARE Network, and the Kansas City Children’s Protection Center Agency Partner’s Committee. Anderst replaces Robert ‘Bob’ Harris, M.D., Columbia, who had previously served on the Board for a number of years.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one volunteer members, seventeen of whom are public members appointed by the Governor, with twelve of those members requiring confirmation by the Senate, two from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem. Public members may serve up to two consecutive 3-year terms.

Prevention $ense, March 7, 2016

CTF License Plate Partner Application Available

CTF is seeking community partners to support the CTF license plate program.   Since 1997, community organizations throughout Missouri have been promoting the popular specialty plate, depicting the green hand prints of a child, to increase prevention awareness and raise funds that are then directly returned back to the community for prevention programs and services.  Click here to learn more  and download the application.

 

Healthy Steps for Families Program

The Healthy Steps for Families program is a collaborative effort between Burrell Behavioral Heath and the Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  Read more about the prevention work they are doing with parents in Greene County.

 

Trauma Informed Courts Can Help the Vulnerable

Alicia Summers, Ph.D., National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, writes a good blog about the role that juvenile and family courts can play in their daily interaction with vulnerable populations.

 

CTF Discretionary Funds

CTF logoThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) will be accepting grant applications for discretionary funding programs for state Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) on or after April 1, 2016. Discretionary funding or ‘mini grants’ are designed to be responsive to low-cost prevention projects or needs identified by individual communities, organizations or agencies.  A maximum of $5,000 per grant award may be requested per application. Grants are for one year and are not renewable and must be specifically aimed at primary and secondary prevention of child abuse/neglect, and projects that strengthen and support families. For additional information please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

The FY 2017 Discretionary Grant Application may be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

FY 2017 Application for Discretionary Funding (Word)
FY 2017 Application for Discretionary Funding (PDF)

CTF License Plate Partner Grant Application Available

CTF-licenseplateThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has released a new application for funding to market the CTF prevent child abuse license plate for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).  Since 1997, community organizations throughout Missouri have been promoting the popular specialty plate, depicting the green hand prints of a child, to increase prevention awareness and raise funds that are then directly returned back into the community for prevention programs and services.   To be considered, applications must be submitted and received with a postmark no later than Monday, April 25.  For questions, please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner at (573) 751-5147 or by e-mail at laura.malzner@oa.mo.gov.

CTF License Plate Partner Application Packet FY 2017 (word)

CTF License Plate Partner Application Packet FY 2017 (PDF)

Providing Support to At-risk Families with Young Children

Burrell family PM-TrainingThe Healthy Steps for Families program is a collaborative effort between Burrell Behavioral Heath and the Jordan Valley Community Health Center and is based in Greene County. CTF helps fund services to at-risk pregnant women or parents with children ages 0-3. Healthy Steps for Families medical staff and Healthy Steps specialists use real world scenarios to provide families with supportive environments to address a broad array of early childhood physical and developmental concerns. The program also helps parents understand physician’s findings and instructions, and offers referrals and resources pertinent to individual family needs.

We spoke with Jeanie Beck, Clinical Social Worker at Burrell Behavioral Health about Healthy Steps for Families.

AUDIO: How CTF funding benefits Healthy Steps for Families

Healthy Steps for Families addresses the physical, emotional, intellectual growth and development of children ages 0-3.

AUDIO: Jeanie gives advice to parents wanting to be the best parent they can be

Parent participants of Healthy Steps for Families often become referral sources. Families have been added to the program due to other parents who told them about it.

AUDIO: Jeanie reflects on the successes of the program

Jeanie recommends other providers looking to establish a program like Healthy Steps for Families take part in Strong Parents, Stable Children training.

AUDIO: Jeanie shares a personal experience working with Healthy Steps for Families

For more information, contact Denise Mills, Director of Corporate Services at 417-269-7254 or visit burrellcenter.com.

 

Prevention $ense, February 24, 2016

Forum: Gun Violence & Childhood Trauma

gunviolenceseminargraphicMonday, March 7, 2016 2pm – 5pm Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum, Danforth Campus Washington University, St. Louis Keynote speaker James Garabino, author and founding director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss childhood violence and the links to gun violence.  His talk will be followed by a panel discussion of St. Louis community leaders and experts, moderated by Melissa Jonson-Reid of the Brown School. Event is free but please register here.

 

Annual Report Highlights Work of CTF CTF’s Annual Report

annual report imagefor fiscal year 2015 is now available and highlights our prevention activities, grants, and public education campaigns from July 2014 through June 2015.

 

Project Thrive Working to Strengthen Families

Project Thrive, Kirksville, is a successful collaborative, community-based initiative that works toward strengthening families in Adair County and select areas in Macon County.  The project, managed by Great Circle, is funded by a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund with funds from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention federal program of the Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services.  Learn more from Project Thrive Coordinator Kristin Rouner.

 

Child Welfare Practice with Families Affected by Parental Incarceration

This bulletin for professionals provides an overview of the intersection between child welfare and parental incarceration and highlights practices to facilitate parent-child visits during incarceration, include parents in case planning, and work towards reunification; and points to resources to help caseworkers in their practice with these children and families. Working with incarcerated parents and their families has many barriers for child welfare caseworkers, but there are resources available that can help them overcome these challenges and improve outcomes for these children and families.  Also here is a quick (3:30) video providing an overview of the resources Child Welfare Information Gateway has to offer.

 

Baby Doe, A Political History of Tragedy

newyorkerWritten by Jill Lepore, appearing in February 1, 2016 edition of The New Yorker. Also read Letter to the EditorBreaking the Cycle – appearing in The New Yorker.  Martha Gershun, Executive Director for Jackson County (MO) CASA, responds to Jill Lepore’s article explaining how CASA Volunteers provide much needed resources and information to overburdened child welfare systems around the country.

Project Thrive Working to Strengthen Families

Great Circle’sgc-logo8 Project THRIVE is a collaborative, community-based initiative that works toward strengthening families in Adair County and select areas in Macon County who are experiencing high stress and/or other risk factors.  Services are free to eligible families as a result of a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund via funding from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) federal grant administered by the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Department of Health & Human Services.

In order to be considered for Project THRIVE, families must meet certain eligibility criteria such as: parents who are experiencing mental health or psychological disorders and have young children; parents with severe psychological disorders, substance abuse issues, or other at-risk factors that could lead to child abuse and neglect including trauma history; and many more. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, Project THRIVE can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

We spoke with Kristin Rouner, Project Thrive Coordinator about this initiative.

AUDIO: The effects of Missouri CTF’s funding on Project THRIVE

Project THRIVE has a provider network comprising a variety of agencies within Adair and Macon counties that are referral sources. When those agencies identify a family that meet their criteria, they refer them to Project THRIVE. Kristin Rouner, as coordinator, works with the larger provider network in building capacity, organizing and delivering services to families in an integrated, strength-based comprehensive way.

AUDIO: A testament of success

Project Thrive’s network of primary care providers includes mental health, social service agencies, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, local government agencies and others. Together, they are committed to working collaboratively to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to families and eliminate service duplication. Each family works with a lead agency and a family support team of providers from the network to develop and implement a family road map for achieving their stated goal(s).

AUDIO: Families supporting other families in Project THRIVE

Project THIRVE focuses on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.

AUDIO: Advice for counties wanting to provide similar services

For more information about Project THRIVE, please call Kristin Rouner at (660) 627-2463.

Annual Report Highlights Work of CTF

CTF 2015 Annual Report CoverThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, grants and public education campaigns from July 2014 through June 2015.  During that time, CTF awarded over $2.55 million in prevention funding to support 90 community-based programs providing home visitation, safe crib/safe sleep, crisis nursery, mentoring, parent education, sexual abuse prevention, family support, fatherhood initiatives, integrating the protective factors, public awareness, training and much more. Since its inception in 1983, CTF has awarded over $54 million in funding statewide from donations and dedicated fees to prevent child abuse, neglect and strengthen Missouri families.

CTF Annual Report FY 2015

Prevention $ense February 8, 2016

Make Your Mark Against Child Abuse

Tax Checkoff 2016 flierA child’s experiences have a direct link to their health and well-being in adulthood. Investing in children early in their life is key to helping them have a successful future.  A gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  Last year generous Missourians donated over $95,000 to CTF through the tax check-off program.   This year, thanks to Missourians like you, we are well on our way to exceeding that amount.   With your help we can make a difference in preventing abuse and neglect and building strong families. Read more.

 

School Nurses – How Social Determinants Impact Their Work

MissouriKidsCount_logoIn this second article of three installments, Missouri Kids Count explores the role of school nurses and their valuable impact on kids, families,  schools, and communities.  View/download pdf version of article.

 

Blog Post – A Thug Named Steve

Please take a few minutes to read this inspiring blog post entitled A Thug Named Steve written by prison ministries volunteer and author Cindy Sanford, first appearing in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and reposted in ACES Too High.

 

Webinar – Integrating Healthy Relationship Education in High School & College

Join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families for a new free webinar that discusses the benefits of integrating healthy relationship education in high school and college. Thursday, February 11, 2016 1 p.m – 2:30 p.m. (CST) Register here.

Check Off Child Abuse in Missouri

Tax Checkoff 2016 flierThere are many ways Missourians help children each and every day. One quick and easy way is to make a charitable donation on your Missouri tax form to the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF).  A child’s experiences have a direct link to their health and well-being in adulthood. Investing in children early in their life is key to helping them have a successful future.  Your gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.

Since 1983, CTF has invested millions in best practice child abuse prevention programs in communities around the state.  Programs that strengthen families like parent education, family support, home visitation, mentoring, safe sleep practices, sexual abuse prevention, fatherhood and grandparent support, and many other effective prevention services are possible because Missourians like you make a gift on their Missouri tax return.  CTF receives no general revenue, so all of its public education, prevention resources, and community based grant programs are made possible through dedicated fees and donations, such as through the tax check off program.

CTF HandprintsJust look for the child’s handprints on your Missouri State Income Tax Return and designate any amount over $2 to CTF by making your mark to contribute.  Your donation may also be deducted on next year’s federal tax return, and with a $25 or more donation, you are eligible to purchase a CTF prevent child abuse license plate for your vehicle…the one with the green handprints. 

Whether you do it yourself, file electronically or enlist the help of a tax professional, please consider donating a portion of your refund to CTF.  The Missouri Department of Revenue will send your donation directly to CTF where it will be used to support Strong Families, Safe KidsThank you!  Together we CAN check off child abuse in Missouri.

Prevention $ense February 1, 2016

Child Maltreatment Report Released

Child Maltreatment Report 2014The Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children and Families just released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2014 is the 25th edition of the report which includes national and state level data about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post investigation services.
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CTF Grant Funds

CTF’s application for funding FY 2017 is now available for community-based grants that prevent child abuse/neglect and strengthen families.   CTF anticipates approximately $400,000 available for new (first year) projects.   The PowerPoint presentation is available if you missed last week’s informational meeting on completing the grant application.
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Raising America Documentary – Free Screening

RaisingAmericaPicIf you have not yet viewed The Raising of America documentary series, you may do so beginning February 1.  From Feb. 1st – 15th, anyone can stream the entire series  for freeThe Raising of America is a 5-part series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.  CTF shared the introductory episode during the state child abuse neglect prevention conference last April, and many other communities around the state as well as nationally are using the series to change the conversation about early childhood in America.

Also check out the Raising of America Action Toolkit to help spark discussion around the most strategic ways your organization can use the series; and innovative ways organizations are using the series to make young children and their families a local, state and national priority.  Additionally, CTF has purchased the entire Raising of America series to lend to anyone wanting to host a screening in their community, organization, etc.  If interested in borrowing the DVD series, please e-mail us at ctf@oa.mo.gov.
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New Film – Resilience

resilienceA new independent film entitled Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope, was recently released at the Sundance and other film festivals around the nation.  The one-hour film Incoporates new research to outline how early trauma and stress can become toxic and affects children in many ways throughout their childhood and long after.  View the two-minute trailer and watch for other opportunities to view the entire film in the near future by following Resilience on Facebook and Twitter.  Many thanks to Debby Howland of the KC Child Abuse Roundtable for bringing this new documentary to our attention.  Click on the link for FAQ about this film. ________________________________

Beechner-McCarthy Joins CTF Board

Amy Beechner McCarthyThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes Amy Beechner-McCarthy of Rolla to the CTF Board of Directors. She has been actively serving on the CTF Board since being appointed by Governor Nixon in July 2015.  Her appointment was confirmed by the Missouri Senate in a hearing on January 13, 2016 and by the full Senate on January 21 as required by statute. Beechner-McCarthy is the chief executive officer of Your Community Health Center, Rolla. Previously, she served as executive director of The Community Partnership, a position she held for 18 years. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla, and holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN, with an emphasis in family and youth studies.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one members of whom seventeen public members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, four members are from the Missouri General Assembly, including two members from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem and two members from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker.  Public members may serve up to two terms of three years each.

Child Abuse, Neglect Data Released

Child Maltreatment Report 2014HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released the 25th edition of the Child Maltreatment Report, which analyzes data collected by state child protective services (CPS) agencies.  The report shows an increase from Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2014 in four key metrics:  referrals to CPS agencies (3.7 percent); referrals screened-in (2.3 percent); children who received an investigation or alternative response (2.0 percent); and children determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect (2.9 percent).

More than half of the states reported increases in child abuse and neglect victims; however, the largest increases were attributable to just a handful of states.  Eight states had an increase in victimizations of 15 percent or more; similar patterns exist for the increases seen in referrals and children that are screened.

When states submit their data, they also are afforded the opportunity to submit commentary that may provide context to the data published in the report.  The states’ commentaries suggest that policy changes related to intake, screening and investigations as well as increased public awareness are factors affecting the reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Prior to the release of the report, Rafael López, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, reached out to the child welfare leaders of states with the largest changes in numbers of referrals or reported victimizations. “We wanted to hear directly from state child welfare leaders about what was happening on the ground and better understand the factors contributing to these numbers,” said López.  “The states confirmed the information submitted in their commentaries.  The states also pointed to the co-occurrence of substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence as factors that are contributing to increases in victimizations.”

“We need to shift our focus to the front end prevention of child abuse and neglect and make sure that families get the help they need when they need it.  We are receiving information from states and our grantees that will help us to identify and address co-occurring risk factors so children can thrive in loving, safe environments free of abuse and neglect,” said López.

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (part of HHS’ ACF) is currently working with states to address parent drug use, mental health and domestic violence connected to the increases.

(Content of this post is from a public release dated January 25, 2016 from the Administration For Children and Families)

View Child Maltreatment 2014 by chapter

Prevention $ense January 22, 2016

CTF Grant Funds Available

CTF released its General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Application last Friday, January 15, 2016.  An informational meeting regarding the application will be held this Friday, January 22, 2016 10am – 12 noon, Truman State Office Building, Room 850 in Jefferson City.  Read more. ________________________________

 

CFRP Latest Annual Report Available: Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

2014-child-fatality-review-program-annual-reportThe Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2014 Annual Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri is now available. The report provides a statistical breakdown of child injuries and deaths both accidental and non-accidental by county and statewide.  It also contains helpful recommendations for keeping children safe and reducing the chances for injuries and/or fatalities from occurring.  Also check out the Executive Summary as a helpful resource. ________________________________

 

VIDEO: Building Community, Building Hope

videoThe Children’s Bureau and Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) recently released the video, Building Community, Building Hope, as part of a series of actions preventing and responding to child maltreatment.  This video follows three programs, located in Iowa, Oregon, and California, that experienced success to innovatively engage parents and communities as a means to prevent and respond to child maltreatment. Watch the Building Community, Building Hope video and visit the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) website for access to a discussion guide, FAQs, and more background on the series. ________________________________

 

CFRP Annual Report: Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

2014-child-fatality-review-program-annual-reportThe Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2014 Annual Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri is now available. The report provides a statistical breakdown of child injuries and deaths both accidental and non-accidental by county and statewide.  It also contains helpful recommendations for keeping children safe and reducing the chances for injuries and/or fatalities from occurring.  Issued by the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT), Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), the report provides information about Missouri’s Child Fatality Review Program and reflects the work of many dedicated professionals throughout the state who strive to improve and protect the lives of Missouri’s youngest citizens.  In 2014, 951 child fatalities were reported to the Missouri Child Fatality Review Program – a decrease of 28 deaths from 2013. This number includes children that died in Missouri, regardless of their state of residence or state in which the illness, injury or event occurred. (reference p. 6 of report).    Since 2002, the annual total of overall child deaths in Missouri has been reduced.

CFRP 2014 Annual Report
CFRP 2014 Annual Report Executive Summary
CFRP previous reports can be accessed here.

CTF Grant Funds Available

CTF LogoThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has released its grant application packet for the prevention of child abuse/neglect for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).  CTF anticipates approximately $400,000 available for new (first year) projects.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF provides grants to community-based agencies and organizations throughout the state that focus on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect by investing in and supporting children and their families. As part of the proposal, applicants must describe how they will incorporate the five protective factors known to prevent or reduce child abuse into their program. The protective factors that strengthen families include building parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional development.

An informational meeting regarding the application will be held Friday, January 22, 2016, 10 am – Noon in Room 850 of the Truman Office Building, 301 W. High St., Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  Registration is not required.

Download Presentation – FY 17 Grant Application Meeting 1-22-16

To be considered, applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 11, 2016.  Grant award recipients will be announced after the CTF Board meeting on June 1, 2016.  For questions regarding the General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant application and process, please email CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2017 (Word)

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2017 (PDF)

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Grant Funds Available

CTF General BannerThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board is pleased to announce the availability of child abuse and neglect prevention grant funds for state Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).   CTF’s General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Application will be released on Friday, January 15, 2016.  An informational meeting regarding the application will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 from 10 am – Noon in Room 850 of the Truman State Office Building, 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  Additionally,   CTF’s Application for Funding will be available via the CTF website on January 15.  It is anticipated that between $350,000 – $400,000 will be available for new prevention grants through this process.   For further information please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

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

Mugg Receives 2015 Chair Award

(L to R) Patrice Mugg, Charmaine Smith, Kirk Schreiber

(L to R) Patrice Mugg, Charmaine Smith, Kirk Schreiber

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Missouri’s foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, recently presented the 2015 Chair Award to Patrice Mugg of Kirkwood in recognition of her outstanding dedication, commitment and service for her efforts toward improving the well-being of children.

Originally appointed by former Governor Matt Blunt, Mugg has been a member of the CTF Board of Directors from March 2005 to present.  She served as the CTF Chair-Elect from 2007-2009 and the Board Chair from 2009-2011, and also serves on the Program Committee.

As CTF representative, Mugg has participated in multiple trainings related to strengthening families and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  She is an official trainer of the Darkness 2 Light Stewards of Children, Sexual Abuse Prevention of Children Training. In addition, Patrice is a past recipient of the Kirkwood School District Volunteer of the Year Award, and she volunteers for and is involved in many other civic and non-profit organizations in her community.

Charmaine Smith, CTF Board Chair, presented the Chair Award to Mugg during CTF’s October Board meeting held in Jefferson City.  “Patrice understands the critical importance of preventing child abuse and breaking the vicious generational cycles,” Smith said.  “Her sincere compassion toward others and her passion to insure the protection and well-being of all children is strong and unwavering.”

“Over the years, Patrice has been and continues to be a consistent positive voice and dedicated advocate for Missouri’s children, as well as for those of us who work on behalf of Missouri’s kids,” said Kirk Schreiber, CTF Executive Director.

Mugg and her husband, Jeff, have four children and four grandchildren.

Established in 2002, the Chair Award was created under the chairmanship of Richard ‘Dick’ Dunn that permits the official chair to recognize a person or organization for outstanding service to the Children’s Trust Fund.  The Chair may recognize annually one or more CTF Board members, individuals or organizations that have exhibited outstanding service, advocacy and volunteer work to or on behalf of the Children’s Trust Fund.

Board Members Elected to Leadership Roles

(L to R) John Heskett, Peggy Krokstrom, Kirk Schreiber

(L to R) John Heskett, Peggy Krokstrom, Kirk Schreiber

During the Children’s Trust Fund’s (CTF) annual fall board meeting October 14 and 15, 2015 in Jefferson City, the board elected Margaret Peggy Krokstrom, Chesterfield, as the new board chair, and John Heskett, Ed.D., also of Chesterfield, as the new chair-elect. Krokstrom replaces outgoing board chair Charmaine Smith, University City, who has served in the leadership role for the past two years.

“It is an honor to be working with The Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri”, said Krokstrom.  “As the new chair of the CTF board I can assure you that the commitment, passion and focus of this organization are dedicated to all of our children in Missouri.  We will continue to work diligently on the issues that promote awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Your support and contribution to these efforts is encouraged, welcomed and appreciated.  Please consider helping us today.”

Krokstrom, who initially served on the board from 2006 – 2009, was appointed by Governor Nixon in 2014, and will serve a two-year term as chair until October 2017. She currently serves as Team Leader in Operations and Service Training at Edward Jones in St. Louis. Previously she was the program coordinator for CHARACTER Plus for the Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, has been an education consultant for several St. Louis area school districts as well as a classroom teacher in the Clayton School District.

Heskett was appointed to the CTF Board in April 2015.  He serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and as an education consultant for BAFC Consulting.  He previously served as the executive director of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.  Heskett will serve as chair-elect during the same time period ending 2017.

LaFaver Appointed to CTF Board of Directors

Jeremy LaFaverThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes State Representative Jeremy LaFaver, Kansas City, to the CTF Board of Directors. Rep. LaFaver was appointed November 12, 2015 by Speaker of the House Todd Richardson. First elected to the House in 2012 and re-elected in 2014, LaFaver represents District 25 in Jackson County.

Prior to his legislative duties, Rep. LaFaver worked as a child advocate for Kansas City’s Partnership for Children. His efforts led to the passage of several pieces of legislation in the Missouri General Assembly to help at-risk children and low-income seniors.

Rep. LaFaver has volunteered with the American Red Cross and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also served in the United States Peace Corps as a community health education volunteer in Turkmenistan. In addition, he has donated his time at Operation Breakthrough and the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable, as well as serving as a CASA volunteer in Jackson County.

A graduate of Kansas State University, LaFaver and his wife, Stephanie, are the proud parents of two children , Isabelle and Caroline.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one members of whom seventeen public members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, four members are from the Missouri General Assembly, including two members from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem and two members from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker.

Also read – LaFaver Appointed to CTF Board – The Missouri Times

Building Nurturing Parenting Skills for Parents

MBCH logoThe Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) Children and Family Ministries works with pregnant women and new parents to develop skills that will help them build strong bonds with their babies thanks to a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund. Using the evidence-based Nurturing Parents curriculum, Pregnancy Service Specialists work with parents to create a plan that promotes healthy and safe home environments, enhanced parenting skills through child development education, educational opportunities (GED, job readiness resources), and assistance with accessing concrete supports (medical care, housing, transportation). We spoke with Jennifer Garland, Pregnancy Services Specialist, MBCH, about the range of support provided to expectant parents.

AUDIO: Support for new parents

Garland says MBCH works with social service agencies in the region to bring awareness about the program to pregnant women, but they also work to meet the women where they live through print materials and word of mouth.

AUDIO: CTF funding helps support staff and parent participation in training with the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum  

The evidence based Nurturing Parents curriculum promotes home environments that are not only safe, but that enhance bonding between parents and their children.

AUDIO: Garland shares how one mother learned to build a better relationship with her children. 

This program encompasses the southeast Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott and Stoddard.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

5StepsSexualAbusePreventionSince 2011, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children has brought together prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates and other community members who work together to address child sexual abuse. Mostly through policy and systems advocacy, the group works to make Missouri safer for children.

The task force has recognized four areas of priority. They include:

1. Standardized mandatory reporting curriculum
2. Multidisciplinary team best practices, focusing on how communities get better at investigating child sexual abuse
3. Increasing access to services for children who’ve experienced sexual abuse
4. Addressing youth with problem sexual behaviors so they don’t continue to perpetrate the behaviors throughout their lifetime

We spoke with Emily van Schenkhof, Deputy Director, Missouri KidsFirst about the task force and it’s work, and Cherisse Thibaut, Manager, Prevention and Community Engagement about mandated reporting and Stewards of Children training, which is being implemented across the state.  Both of these programs are supported, in part, by two grants from the Children’s Trust Fund.

van Schenkhof says it’s all a process, and the team mindset helps move positive change along:

van Schenkhof shares how funding from CTF helps deliver on the task force’s findings.

The task force utilizes resources across the state to help bring awareness and gain insights into what’s happening in all regions.

Thibaut says CTF funding is moving Missouri forward by helping provide education that mandated reporters truly need.

 

D2L_StewardsCaptureThe evidenced-informed Stewards of Children curriculum focuses on improving child-protective behaviors of adults that are responsible for children and is designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participants’ behavior over the long-term.

Thibault says a major goal in Missouri KidsFirst’s work with Stewards of Children is to eliminate barriers that might prevent the trainings from happening, for instance, eliminating materials costs.

Thibault recommends the Stewards of Children training to any and every youth servicing organization. To learn more about the training, contact Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600.

Click here to view the 5 Steps to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse flier.

Empowering Families During Stressful Times

Stressful situations can take a toll on families and sometimes parents may feel like they’ve reached their breaking point.  In those moments there are resources available to help.  One such resource is CTF grantee Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.  Since 1986, the program has made available a helpline for families who feel like they don’t have anywhere else to turn when they have an emergency or are in crisis. We spoke to DiAnne Mueller, CEO Saint Louis Crisis Nursery about what kinds of situations they see.

AUDIO: How the crisis nursery works

Once the initial crisis period is over the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery offers an after care program called Family Empowerment. Parents and caregivers are educated in critical parenting skills and basic child development issues; topics include appropriate discipline, budgeting, and job preparedness skills.

AUDIO: Mueller talks about a family helped by the crisis nursery.

The crisis nursery has many community partners that work to spread awareness about the services available.

AUDIO: Life saving services

Mueller has worked to open 5 crisis nurseries so far and says she’s happy to speak with anyone who would like to provide the service in their own community.

AUDIO: Opening a support service

You can contact the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery at 314-292-5770.

PODCAST: Protecting Children Against Sexual Abuse Part 1

Podcast image_Cherrise NancyIn this podcast, Kirk Schreiber, CTF Executive Director, discusses the prevention of sexual abuse of children with Cherisse Thibaut, Manager, Prevention and Community Engagement with Missouri KidsFirst and Nancy Corley, Director of Child and Family Wellbeing, The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.  The group talks about defining sexual abuse and the impact that it can have on individuals and communities.  Listeners are given specific examples of what they can do to support prevention efforts.

It’s Hot Hot Hot! Never Leave Kids Alone in Cars

NEFAMIt’s Hot Hot Hot! Never Leave Kids Alone in Cars…Period!

Summer months in Missouri often means extreme heat, which can pose extreme risk for kids who are stuck in a car. The Children’s Trust Fund’s Not Even For A Minute Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to NEVER leave children unattended in or around vehicles. Left alone in a vehicle for a short time, a child is in danger of heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.

Our friends at KidsAndCars offer the following simple tips for parents & caregivers to keep kids safe & prevent tragedies:

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • “Look Before You Lock” – Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat.
  • Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop- off. Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts. If your child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent’s responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (this is very similar to the ‘absence-line’ used by most elementary, middle and high schools)
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.

NEFAMmagnetPlease share these important safety tips with your childcare providers, teachers, relatives, friends, family & neighbors. And always remember to keep your pets safe from hot cars as well.   It could save a life!

Child Vehicular Heat Stroke Fact Sheet

CTF Announces Grant Awards

CTFGeneralBannerThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors recently awarded more than $1.5 million in prevention funds in Fiscal Year 2016 to over 100 child-serving organizations throughout Missouri.  The grants will provide programs and services that strengthen families by building protective factors and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.  Of those awarded, 15 grants are new totaling $401,036, and 89 are renewal grants totaling $1,154,197.

“CTF is excited to be funding so many worthwhile initiatives and quality prevention programs throughout the state that will reach thousands of Missouri’s children and families,” said CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber.  “In particular, we are thrilled to be supporting new grants that will provide training in the areas of protective factors, sexual abuse prevention, and the Healthy Families America home visitation model. CTF will also continue its partnership with FACT and OSEDA  for Missouri Kids Count, and with the Department of Health and Senior Services targeting safe sleep practices in counties by providing safe cribs and home visits to families in need.”

Funds awarded support evidence-based and promising programs including parent education and support, safe crib/safe sleep, crisis nursery, fatherhood support, mentoring, home visitation, sexual abuse prevention, community collaboration around supporting children and families, and training.  Generally, grants are awarded for a five year period with the grantee required to fund an increasing proportion of the program cost during that time.

CTF, Missouri’s foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.  Established in 1983, CTF has awarded over $55 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 CTF prevent child abuse license plate, general donations, interest income for the Fund and a federal grant administered through the Administration for Children and Families.

Click on alphabetical list or regional list to view current grantees.

Reducing Parent Stress through Baby Connect

BBC baby hats

Baby Connect supports CTF’s Shaken Baby initiative through messaging on knitted baby hats.  The hats are knitted and then donated by inmates with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

In an effort to help young parents in Missouri’s Bootheel region, ParentLink at the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a grant from CTF, created Bootheel Baby Connect.  The project includes a Facebook group for parents of new babies who live in Missouri’s southeastern most region. The group provides parents with a network of friends with whom they can share positive parenting, challenges, and solutions, as well as access to basic supports. The group also utilizes the support of the ParentLink Warmline (1-800-552-8522) to provide services to families in need. We spoke with Ta’janette Sconyers, M.Ed., Director of Baby Connect.  She says the program’s main goal is prevention but she knows there are times when intervention strategies are necessary and Baby Connect and the Warmline are there for those times as well.

AUDIO: Sconyers talks about targeting teen parents with the program, but also being a resource for other parents:


AUDIO: Another goal of the program is to have an impact on future generations of the families it supports:


AUDIO: Sconyers talks about the ParentLink Warmline:

 

Two toddlers die in hot cars on Father’s Day, reports KidsAndCars.org

NEFAMmagnetOLATHE, KS. – Two children died of heatstroke in hot cars on Father’s Day, reports KidsAndCars.org, the only national nonprofit child safety organization working solely to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around vehicles.

Five children have died in hot cars already in June, bringing the total to 7 child vehicular heatstroke deaths this year nationwide.

  •  June 21st (Pomona, CA) – A 3-year-old girl was unknowingly left alone in a vehicle after returning home from a Father’s Day family outing.
  • June 21st (Columbia, SC) – A 4-year-old boy got into an unlocked car in an apartment parking lot.
  • June 11th (Spirit Lake, ID) – A 3-year-old boy got into a neighborhood vehicle on his own.
  • June 5th (Baton Rouge, LA) – A 22-month-old girl was unknowingly left by a child care provider.
  • June 2nd (Hiland Park, FL) – An 18-month-old girl died after being unknowingly left in vehicle after the mother believed she had been dropped off at daycare.
  • May 12th (Lake City, FL) – A 16-month-old girl died after being unknowingly left in vehicle after the father believed she had been dropped off at daycare.
  • April 20th (Phoenix, AZ) – A 2.5-year-old boy died after being unknowingly left in his father’s vehicle.

“Today is the day for every parent in America to understand that this can happen to anybody and take simple steps to protect their children.” says Janette Fennell, KidsAndCars.org president and founder. “Far too many wonderful parents and caregivers believe that this would never happen to them or their family; which is the most dangerous mistake we can make as parents. Nobody is immune,” she continued.

These tragedies are not only predictable, they are 100% preventable, yet over 700 children have died inside hot cars in the last 20 years, according to KidsAndCars.org.

KidsAndCars.org’s successful Look Before You Lock program has provided more than 625,000 education cards to birthing hospitals nationwide providing safety tips about how to keep children safe.

Safety Tips from KidsAndCars.org

Below are some simple tips parents and caregivers can follow to prevent heatstroke tragedies.

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • “Look Before You Lock” – Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat.
  • Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop-off. If your child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent’s responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (this is very similar to the ‘absence-line’ used by most elementary, middle and high schools) Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.

Please share these important safety tips with your childcare providers, teachers, relatives, friends, family and neighbors… It could save a life!

KidsAndCars.org urges everyone to read “Fatal Distraction,” Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer Prize-winning article in The Washington Post at http://ow.ly/ldDwU, which explains how these heartbreaking and preventable tragedies can happen to anyone.

For additional information, statistics and charts specific to child vehicular heat stroke visit http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke.html

For further details about ways to keep children safe in and around vehicles, please visit www.KidsAndCars.org.

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Teaching Children About Gun Safety

Eddie Eagle

Eddie Eagle

In recognition of June being designated as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council, please see the following links related to Gun Safety.  CTF strongly encourages the use of the safety tips offered & other information to help make sure parents, families & kids know the importance of gun safety.

National Child Safety Council – Safety 4 Kids
National Child Safety Council – Gun Safety
Eddie Eagle GunSafe
National Rifle Association – Gun Safety
Project ChildSafe
Project ChildSafe – Safe Storage
National Shooting Sports Foundation – Safety
Kids Health
Safe Kids Worldwide – Gun Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide – Gun Safety PDF

2015 Prevention Resource Guide

resourceguide2015The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide – Making Meaningful Connections is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. The 2015 guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.

Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year including:
– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse;
– child maltreatment statistics;
– resources to inform providers on human trafficking;
– tools to help build community awareness and support;
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish; and
– activity calendars for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

CAPM2015_flierGo Blue Day for Missouri’s Kids – April 10
Additionally, please use the Child Abuse Prevention Month poster to promote April, and specifically Go Blue Day on Friday, April 10. We encourage you to join thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to show your support for Missouri’s kids and the importance of preventing child maltreatment.

Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month 2015

CAPM2015_flierApril is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month nationally and here in Missouri.  This year’s theme focuses on “Making Meaningful Connections.” Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.   One of many events is Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids scheduled for Friday, April 10.  We hope you will join us along with thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention.  To help you plan for Child Abuse Prevention Month you can:

PODCAST: The Importance of Parent Leadership

sam blue1February is National Parent Leadership Month. For this podcast we talk about the importance of parent involvement and leadership in communities with Sam Blue, Community Engagement Specialist for the Vision for Children at Risk through Project LAUNCH in St. Louis. Blue is also a member of the FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Blue is a husband of 23 years and father of 9 children, seven daughters and two sons.

Listen to Parent Leadership Podcast

CTF Annual Report Available

CTF Annual Report FY14The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2014 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, events, grants and public education campaigns from July 2013 through June 2014.

During that time, CTF awarded over $2.9 million in prevention funding to support 117 community-based programs providing home visitation, safe crib/safe sleep, crisis nursery, mentoring, parent education, sexual abuse prevention, family support, strengthening families, public awareness and other prevention initiatives.   Since its  inception in 1983, CTF has awarded nearly $52 million in prevention funds statewide from donations and dedicated fees.

An Easy Way to Check Off Child Abuse

TaxCheckOff Flier 2015 FINALThere are many ways Missourians help children each and every day. One quick and easy way is to make a charitable donation on your Missouri tax form to the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF).  It’s been proven that a child’s experiences have a direct link to their health and well-being in adulthood. Investing in children early in their life is key to helping them have a successful future.  Your gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.

Since 1983, CTF has invested millions in best practice child abuse prevention programs in communities around the state.  Parent education, family support, home visitation, mentoring, safe sleep practices, sexual abuse prevention, fatherhood and grandparent support, strengthening families and many other effective prevention services are possible because Missourians like you make a gift on their Missouri tax return.  CTF receives no general revenue, so all of its public education, prevention resources, and community based grant programs are made possible through dedicated fees and donations, such as through the tax check off program.

Just look for the child’s handprints on your Missouri State Income Tax Return and designate any amount over $2 to CTF by making your mark to contribute.  Your donation may also be deducted on next year’s federal tax return, and with a $25 or more donation, you are eligible to purchase a CTF specialty license plate for your vehicle…the ones with the green handprints. 

Whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of tax professionals, please consider donating a portion of your refund to CTF.  The Missouri Department of Revenue will send your donation directly to CTF where it will be used to support Strong Families, Safe KidsThank you!  Together we CAN check off child abuse in Missouri.

Registration Now Open for CTF Prevention Conference

Registration is now open for tCTFconf15RegFormV5_Page_1he Children’s Trust Fund’s biennial prevention conference April 14 & 15, 2015, Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference theme is “1 Childhood 4 Every 1 – All Kids Deserve A Good 1”.  Please join CTF and other community, national and statewide prevention advocates and practitioners as we recognize April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month and provide opportunities to learn and share about current strategies in the field of prevention.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with CEU’s available.   For questions pertaining to the conference please contact Alicia by e-mail or call 573-751-5147.  We also encourage you to share with others by e-mail, through social media and the web.  This is an event that only occurs every two years so you won’t want to miss it.


Printable 2015 Conference Registration Form
or Register Online Now

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes four new members to the CTF Board of Directors. Senators Jill Schupp (D), Creve Coeur, and Bob Dixon (R), Springfield, were recently appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey. Senator Schupp represents District 24 in St. Louis, and Senator Dixon represents District 30 in Greene County. Additionally Governor Jay Nixon  appointed M. Peggy Krokstrom, Chesterfield, and the Rev. Andy Bryan, Springfield, to the CTF Board. Peggy Krokstrom is an Instructional Designer with Edward D. Jones in St. Louis, and Andy Bryan is the Senior Pastor at Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one members, seventeen of whom are public members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, two from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem. Public members may serve up to two consecutive 3-year terms.

Child Maltreatment Report 2013

cm_2013_coverThe Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children and Families recently released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2013 is the 24th edition of the report which includes national and state level findings about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post investigation services.  The report is based on federal fiscal year 2013 data submitted by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Key findings in this report include:
■ From 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined, from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 23,000 fewer victims in 2013 (679,000) compared with 2009 (702,000).
■ Since 2009, overall rates of children who received a CPS response increased from 40.3 to 42.9 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 145,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2013 (3,188,000) compared to 2009 (3,043,000). States provide possible explanations for the increase in Appendix D, State Commentary.
■ Nationally, four-fifths (79.5%) of victims were neglected, 18.0 percent were physically abused, 9.0 percent were sexually abused and 8.7 percent were psychologically maltreated.
■ For 2013, a nationally estimated 1,520 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the national population.

Child Maltreatment Report 2013

CTF Grant Application Available

141The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has released its grant application packet for the prevention of child abuse/neglect for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  CTF anticipates approximately $300,000 available for new (first year) projects.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF provides grants to community-based agencies and organizations throughout the state that focus on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect by investing in and supporting children and their families. As part of the proposal, applicants must describe how they will incorporate the five protective factors known to prevent or reduce child abuse into their program. The protective factors that strengthen families include building parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional development.

An informational meeting regarding the application will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 10 am – Noon in Room 850 of the Truman Office Building, 301 W. High St., Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  Registration is not required.

To be considered, applications must be postmarked by Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Grant award recipients will be announced after June 3, 2015.  For questions regarding the General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant application and process please email CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2016 (Word)

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2016 (PDF)

FY 2016 Grant Meeting Presentation 1/21/15 (PPT)

Prevention Funding Application Information

The Children’s Trust Fund  (CTF) will release a Request for Application for proposals addressing the prevention of child abuse/neglect and strengthening families for State Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016)  on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21 from 10 am – Noon  in Room 850, Truman State Office Building, 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  It is not necessary to RSVP.   CTF’s Request for Application will be available via the CTF website on January 15.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF works to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.

For questions regarding the General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Program please email Laura Malzner.

Simulating Parenthood to Enhance Teen Responsibility

Real Care BabyHannibal’s C.H.A.R.T. Teen Task Force is a Children’s Trust Fund prevention grantee that works to eliminate unplanned teen pregnancies throughout Northeast Missouri. The program is available to any school, church group, or youth group, in a seven county area in northeast Missouri which includes: Marion, Ralls, Pike, Monroe, Shelby, Lewis, and Clark.  It provides an opportunity for teens to have hands on learning about what it takes to care for an infant through the Baby Think It Over/Empathy Belly program. Real Care Baby infant simulators are used to help students work through situations that are likely to arise if they were to become parents.  The program also uses simulated pregnancy bellies to give teen girls an opportunity to feel what it might be like to be pregnant. The third type of simulator is for the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Real Care Baby simulatorAll of the experiences with the simulators are intended to help students understand how their lives might change socially and at home with a pregnancy or while trying to raise a child. We spoke with Leigh Ann Bergman, Community Coordinator, about the program and how it is helping educate teens.

 

AUDIO: Bergman talks about the community members who support and assist with the program.

AUDIO: Bergman talks about goals for the school year.

AUDIO: Bergman talks about the simulators that were purchased with CTF funding, and their importance.

Shopping on Amazon is an easy way to help Missouri kids

Amazon SmileThe Amazon Smile program is an opportunity for individuals to contribute a little bit of their Amazon purchase price to the charitable organization of their choice, every time they shop, at no additional cost.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. All you have to do is be logged in to and a portion of your purchase will automatically be donated. It may seem like a small amount, but with so many online shoppers, a little bit can go a long way. We know there are many worthy causes out there. With funding received at CTF, we will be working to support programs across Missouri with the shared goal of preventing child abuse and neglect, and building Strong Families, Safe Kids. Follow these instructions to sign up for your Amazon Smile account:

  • First visit smile.amazon.com online
  • You may use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. If you already have an Amazon account, login with that. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are the same for both.
  • You will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. There are nearly a million eligible 501(c)(3) organizations to choose from.  There is a search box in which you type Missouri Childrens Trust Fund Board  (You may change your charity selection at any time.)
  • Once registration is completed and your charity is chosen, just make sure that you select Amazon Smile every time you log on to shop with Amazon.
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com from your desktop or laptop computer, your mobile phone, or your tablet, including any Kindle Fire device. (Currently purchases made through the Amazon Shopping App or Kindel E-reader are not yet eligible.

Remember to login to AmazonSmile.com every time you shop!

Fostering Supportive Environments for Kids

efc-building-community-commitment_Page_01A new guide is available on how communities can foster supportive environments for children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments, developed by Prevention Institute (PI). This publication provides guidance to mobilize communities to create safe spaces and settings that keep kids safe and support their healthy development. As part of CDC’s Essentials for Childhood initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect, this document lays out steps that communities can use to build support for many issues. Nine key elements and case examples are presented, organized into three areas:  developing a shared vision, build understanding of the need and solutions, and partnerships.

Guiding Teen Parents Toward Success

The Independence School District’s (ISD) Teen Parenting Support program offers expectant and new teen parents opportunities to continue their education while getting support for all of the new responsibilities facing them. The ISD not only uses home visitation and case management to support teen parents, but provides an opportunity for them to bring their children into the classroom and get hands on support and education.  Since receiving grant funding from Children’s Trust Fund, the program has been able to increase the level of support to parents through implementation of the Love & Logic Parent Model, and after school opportunities for parents and their families.  We spoke with John Tramel, Director of Neighborhood and Family Services for the district, along with Nicole Sequeira, Family Service Coordinator/McKinney-Vento Liaison and Juanice Williams, Teen Parenting Specialist about the program and how it helps build a strong foundation and a greater chance for success.  Tramel reports that over 90% of their teen parents graduate from high school but, beyond graduation, they want to make sure the components are in place so that students can follow and implement their career path and ultimately reach their life goals.

AUDIO: Community Partnerships

AUDIO: Program Goals

AUDIO: Starting a Similar Program