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February is National Parent Leadership Month

FRIENDS - LogoJoin the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri and the FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council this February to celebrate National Parent Leadership Month (NPLM). NPLM celebrates the importance and contributions of family leaders by highlighting the many opportunities available for parents, professional, policy makers and other community stakeholders… opportunities that build and support strong and safe families.

In order to support, acknowledge and celebrate parent leaders, FRIENDS has created materials that you can use throughout the year to celebrate parent leadership!

Click here to receive your certificates of recognition, appreciation cards, online tools and other educational resources.

Resources
DMH Missouri Parent Advisory Council — https://dmh.mo.gov/healthykids/parent-advisory-council
Parent’s Anonymous Toolkit — http://parentsanonymous.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NPLM_TK_All-07-16-v2.pdf

Thank you Governor Mike Parson for the 2020 Proclamation highlighting February National Parent Leadership Month.

Prevention $ense March 22, 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

CTF - 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month 1Child well-being is a shared responsibility.
Strengthening families & preventing child abuse & neglect fosters positive childhood experience, which helps lead to better life-long health, well-being & overall success.

Do you support child abuse prevention efforts?
— Most of us do without realizing it.

Do you volunteer, donate money, mentor or engage to help families and kids?
— Then yes, you support prevention.

All kids deserve a great childhood. Thank you!


Child Advocacy Day 2018

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

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


CTF Go Blue Wellness Walk

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

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

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

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


2018 Prevention Resource Guide

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

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

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

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

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

Prevention $ense February 28, 2018

Children’s Trust Fund FY17 Annual Report

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


FRIENDS Resource of the Month

Get FREE Online Training! Available 24/7!

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

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

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


Project THRIVE Feature Program

Great Circle, Kirksville – Project THRIVE CBCAP
greatcircle.org

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

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

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

CTF Announces Funding Opportunity

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

General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Program 

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

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

Training Initiatives Grant

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

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

Discretionary Child Abuse and Neglect Grant Program

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

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

24/7 Dad Program Reduces Child Abuse and Neglect Risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About National Fatherhood Initiative

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

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

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

 

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CTF Names New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes Amy Layman of Springfield and Cherisse Thibaut of Kirkwood to the CTF Board of Directors.

Amy Layman11-17

Layman is a member of the Board of Directors for the Child Advocacy Center and is a YPO Ozarks Family Officer. She is a dedicated member of her community and volunteers for several organizations, including Women with a Mission at Mercy.

“We thank Governor Greitens for selecting Amy Layman as another outstanding individual for service on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Trust Fund,” said John Heskett, Ed.D, CTF Chair.

Thibaut is a licensed clinical social worker and child abuse prevention consultant. She is the former Manager of Prevention and Community Outreach for Missouri KidsFirst. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Regis University and her master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University.

“Cherisse is a strong advocate for children and has represented their interests so effectively over the years. Ms. Thibaut will be a welcome addition to our Board,” said Heskett.

Created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983, CTF is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention and works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships. For additional information, visit ctf4kids.org.

Prevention $ense July 10, 2017

Get Your License to Care!

You can help strengthen families & prevent child abuse and neglect by proudly displaying the official Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) license plate on your vehicle…you know, the ones with the green handprints. Get yours today!

 


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

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 (including the societal culture), 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. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Prevention.

 

 


Come Home to the Missouri State Fair

Come Home to the Missouri State Fair August 10-20, 2017 located at the Sedalia, MO fair grounds. While you’re there, check out the Family Fun Center! Need to feed your baby? Or need to change your baby’s diaper? Maybe you and the kids just need somewhere to rest and cool off. If so, the Family Fun Center is the place for you. Plus there are lots of fun kid stuff to do…all sponsored by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund.

 

 


Safe Kids Missouri

Follow these top tips to keep your kids safe this summer:

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted.
  • Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.

Prevention $ense May 2, 2017

May is National Foster Care Month

CTF - Foster Care Month

This year’s National Foster Care Month (NFCM) theme, “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families,” highlights the importance of identifying, developing, and supporting prospective and current foster parents and kinship caregivers. Check out the NFCM official website for resources for parents, foster parents & caregivers, communities, child welfare professionals and much more.

 


New Podcast on Protective Factors

CTF - Protective Factors

Child Welfare Information Gateway recently released a two-part podcast series highlighting the Protective Factors. Part 1 of this series focuses on the definition of protective factors as they pertain to child welfare, how child welfare professionals can identify and distinguish protective factors when working with parents and families, and how protective factors can be applied across entire communities and community-based programs.

The second installment takes a detailed look into a local agency’s efforts to holistically implement a protective factors-based approach. The podcast features interviews with Cailin O’Connor, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Study in Social Policy (CSSP) and a key figure in CSSP’s Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework, and Tabitha Kelly, division chief with the Arlington County, VA, Children and Family Services.

Protective Factors Podcast Series: Listen to Part 1; Listen to Part 2


Mentoring Children Growing Up Without Fathers

CTF - Mentoring Children

Having a father or father figure in a child’s life contributes greatly to a child’s well-being and positive outcomes. By offering a little time—as few as 12 hours per year—to a child without a father, a mentor can make a large difference in a child’s life.

The National Fatherhood Initiative put together a guide to encourage men to mentor children within their social networks who are growing up without fathers due to their father’s military service, business travel, incarceration, or other situations that cause separation for an extended amount of time.

The 19-page guide breaks down mentoring into the following five points:

  • Find children in your “circle of influence“—This includes children who may be family members, living in the neighborhood, or a family member of someone living within the community.
  • Get permission—Ask permission from the child’s mother or primary guardian and be clear about the types of activities the child will be partaking in.
  • Plan ahead—Make plans based on the child’s interests and meet the child on their “turf.”
  • Save your advice for later—Building trust is the first step to creating a meaningful mentoring relationship. Giving advice and trying to be a father figure should come second.
  • Encourage, encourage, encourage—Promote the child’s interests as well as the importance of staying in school, going to college, and getting work experience.

The guide also offers a list of possible activities, tips for how mentoring boys and girls can differ, and mentoring organizations and resources that can help mentors get started.

Guide to Mentoring Fatherless Children from the National Fatherhood Initiative


New Resource on Social Norms

CTF - Social Norms

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) invites you to explore social norms—what they are and how they can be used to promote positive health and well-being. The new social norms resource shows how attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors based in misperception can create risk for violence. Learn more about these steps to start your social norms campaign:

  1. Define the problem.
  2. Collect data and identify social norms.
  3. Develop a strategy.
  4. Develop and test messages and materials.
  5. Disseminate messages and materials.
  6. Monitor activities and evaluate outcomes

Prevention $ense April 21, 2017

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join us in honoring National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017. April continues to be about “Building Community, Building Hope,” through community-based efforts to help protect children and youth and strengthen families. Visit the website to learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being and engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment. Explore and share resources, such as the 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, the prevention video gallery, dozens of tip sheets, three activity calendars, and outreach materials that will help bring awareness and promote child abuse prevention. In addition, access the Protective Factors in Practice interactive exercises, which provide scenarios illustrating how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families experiencing stress. Child Welfare Information Gateway has also updated its web section on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Looking for ways to engage? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #PreventionMonth and #NCAPM2017!

Check out the 2017 Prevention Month website and take the survey!


The Raising of America Free Preview

Do you know people who should be using The Raising of America but aren’t? Here’s their chance. Please invite them to stream the opening Signature Hour for free next week, April 24-28, during the Week of the Young Child and assess its value for their programs, trainings and courses! And if you haven’t seen the series yet, we invite you to watch too!  Register today to stream the opening, hour-long episode on-demand next week, April 24-28.

The Raising of America is a great tool to show staff, constituents, policy makers and the public why a strong start for all our kids leads to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable nation. Educators, trainers and child advocates alike have all been using the series to ask how their city, county, states, even the nation, might better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive. Also check out discussion guides, interactives, action toolkits and more online at www.rasingofamerica.org!

And as a reminder, the Children’s Trust Fund has a DVD of the entire Raising of America series
available to lend. Please contact Alicia if you would like to borrow our copy.


Missouri Kids Count Annual Data

Missouri KIDS COUNT® released the annual county rankings of child well-being in conjunction with Child Advocacy Day held at the Missouri Capitol on April 6. The county rankings this year are based on six indicators – poverty, food insecurity, preventable hospitalizations, child asthma ER visits, births to teens, and graduation rates. More on notable trends. Also read Missouri FACT Makes Kids CountMissouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a nonprofit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri. The Children’s Trust Fund is a collaborative partner with FACT and Missouri Kids Count and provides financial and other support for the project.

Prevention $ense March 31, 2017

April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

Building Community, Building Hope is this year’s theme for April – Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month. Please check out the many prevention resources available including the updated community resource guide to use this month as well as throughout the year. Remember to wear blue on Go Blue Day, Friday, April 7 to show your support for Missouri’s kids and families.

 

 

 

 


Go Blue Day Walk

Friday, April 7 is Go Blue Day! Please join CTF for its 2nd annual 1.1 mile Go Blue Wellness Walk from the Harry S Truman Building, around the Capitol & through downtown Jefferson City. Please register here and come join us between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a fun-filled event. Remember to wear your blue in support of Missouri’s kids and keeping them safe.

 

 

 

 


You Are Invited – 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention

Missouri KidsFirst will hold their 8th Annual Pinwheels for Prevention Community Pinwheel Garden at the Missouri State Capitol on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12 p.m.  At the ceremony, Missouri KidsFirst will present the Standing with Children Award honoring those who have stood up to protect Missouri’s children. The event is free. Download & share the 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention flier and please visit Missouri KidsFirst website for more information.

 

 

 


Child Advocacy Day 2017

Please plan to attend the 35th annual Child Advocacy Day, Thursday April 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Missouri State Capitol. 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 the top priority for the state. The event is free but please register here and check out the agenda here.

Prevention $ense March 10, 2017

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Conference

Hurry, hurry!!! Don’t miss out! This year’s CTF Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention is going to be a good one. There’s still time to register for the conference March 23 & 24, 2017 Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, but you will need to register soon. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

  • Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;
  • David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;
  • D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event (includes meals & snacks) with up to 9 training hours available. A great deal for the price so  you won’t want to miss this one!
View or download 2017 conference program and visit our conference webpage.

We hope to see you there to help us “kickoff” Child Abuse Prevention Month!


Go Blue Day Walk

Friday, April 7 is Go Blue Day!  Please join CTF for its 2nd annual 1.1 mile Go Blue Wellness Walk from the Harry S Truman Building, around the Capitol & throughdowntown Jefferson City.  Please register here and come join us between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a fun-filled event.  Remember to wear your blue in support of Missouri’s kids and keeping them safe.

 

 

 


You Are Invited – 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention

Missouri KidsFirst will hold their 8th Annual Pinwheels for Prevention Community Pinwheel Garden at the Missouri State Capitol on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12 p.m.  At the ceremony, Missouri KidsFirst will present the Standing with Children Award honoring those who have stood up to protect Missouri’s children.  The event is free.  Download & share the 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention flier and please visit Missouri KidsFirst website for more information.

Prevention $ense February 24, 2017

CTF Executive Director Position

The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors has officially begun the search for their next Executive Director.  Executive Director Kirk Schreiber is retiring after 22 years with CTF.   The closing date to apply is March 10 with a projected start date of July 1.  Please feel free to share the link for the job announcement with colleagues and others. Thank you for helping to spread the word.


2017 CTF Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

2017 CTF Conference PosterThis year’s CTF Conference on Child/Abuse Neglect Prevention is shaping up to be one of the best ever! There’s still time to register for the conference which will take place March 23 & 24, 2017Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;

David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;

D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;

Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with up to 9 training hours available. View or download 2017 conference program and visit our conference webpage.  You won’t want to miss this one! We hope to see you in March.


Podcast – Parent Leadership & Support

Sam Blue, Community Engagement Specialist for Vision for Children At RiskListen to the newest CTF Podcast as Missouri and national parent leader Sam Blue discusses the power of encouragement as it relates to parent leadership.  Also here are additional resources about Parent Leadership Month.

 

 


CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes The Honorable Lauren Arthur, Kansas City, and Nicholas P. Heberle, St. Louis, formerly of Jefferson City to the CTF Board of Directors.  Read more


Help Us Check Off Child Abuse & Neglect

CTF Tax Check-Off ProgramTax season is in full swing.  During this tax season we ask that you please remember the Children’s Trust Fund.  Your gift to CTF through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  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. Last year generous Missourians donated $133,308 to CTF through the tax check-off program. This year, thanks to Missourians like you, we are hopeful to equal and even exceed that amount. So whether you file electronically or the traditional way, it’s easy to make a donation to CTF. Just look for the child’s handprints.  Check out our new :30 video. With your help we ARE making a difference in preventing abuse and neglect and building strong families.

Prevention $ense January 31, 2017

2017 CTF Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

It’s time to register for this year’s CTF State Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect PreventionMarch 23 & 24, 2017, Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

  • Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;
  • David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;
  • D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with up to 9 training hours available. View or download 2017 conference program and visit our conference webpage. You won’t want to miss this one! We hope to see you in March.


Annual Report Highlights CTF Work

The Children’s Trust Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, grants, public education campaigns, training and partnerships from July 2015 through June 2016.  During that time, CTF awarded over $1.8 million in prevention funding to support 103 community-based programs providing home visiting, safe crib, crisis nursery, mentoring, parent education, sexual abuse prevention, family support, fatherhood initiatives, integrating the protective factors, public awareness, training and much more.   View or download annual report .


Child Maltreatment Report Available

Child Maltreatment 2015 presents an aggregate view of child abuse and neglect in the United States based on State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). This resource includes information on the reports made to child protective services (CPS), the children involved in CPS cases, child fatalities, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect, and available services.

Highlights from Child Maltreatment 2015 include the following:

  • Neglect was the most common type of child maltreatment in 2015, which 75.3 percent of victims experienced.
  • For States able to report on the alcohol abuse caregiver risk factor, 10.3 percent of victims and 5.5 percent of non victims were reported with this caregiver risk factor. For reporting States, 25.4 percent of victims and 8.1 percent of non victims were reported with the drug abuse caregiver risk factor.
  • For 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.25 deaths per 100,000.

The full Child Maltreatment 2015 report is available to view and download on the Children’s Bureau website, along with access to archived Child Maltreatment reports 1995–2014.


Check Off Child Abuse/Neglect

It’s tax time again and a gift to CTF through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Programmakes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  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. Last year generous Missourians donated $133,308 to CTF through the tax check-off program. This year, thanks to Missourians like you, we are hopeful to equal and even exceed that amount. So whether you file electronically or the traditional way, it’s easy to make a donation to CTF. Just look for the child’s handprints. With your help we ARE making a difference in preventing abuse and neglect and building strong families. Check out our new :30 video!

Prevention $ense January 17, 2017

Registration Is Now Open for CTF Prevention Conference

Please join CTF and other community, national and statewide prevention advocates, practitioners and parents for this year’s CTF State Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect PreventionMarch 23 & 24, 2017, Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

  • Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;
  • David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;
  • D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with CEU’s available. This conference occurs only every two years, so you don’t want to miss it. We hope to see you in March.


Raising the Stakes for Early Childhood Education

CTF grantee, University City Children’s Center (UCCC), St. Louis, has begun using apprentices to help meet the needs and rigors of their expanding program. St. Louis Public Radio recently aired a segment on this innovative approach to meet the demands of their workforce needs while providing valuable on-the-job training that will enable aspiring early childhood professionals to get closer to receiving their Child Development Associate credential.


New Web-based Resources

The FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is pleased to announce the release of new web-based resources available on the FRIENDS website. To learn more about each resource visit https://friendsnrc.org//.

Prevention $ense December 5, 2016

New Online Option to Report Child Abuse & Neglect

The Missouri Children’s Division has developed an online reporting system for use by mandated reporters. The online system is  for non-emergencies and allows mandated reporters more flexibility to make a non-emergency report at a time that is convenient for them. The system also allows mandated reporters to avoid wait times sometimes experienced using the 800 number. Please see the attached flyer for more information about how to make a hotline report online. Please share this new information with any mandated reporters who may be interested.

Abuse & Neglect Reporting Tool


New ACEs Study from the CDC

ACEs Study from CDCA new CDC study about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) shows early adversity can impact adult education, employment, and income.

Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative, published in the October 2016 edition of Children and Youth Services Review, shows people who reported four or more ACEs were less likely to complete high school and more likely to be unemployed and live in a household with an income below the federal poverty level than those who reported no ACEs. Current efforts to prevent adversity early in life, including child abuse and neglect, may be more effective if they broaden public and professional understanding of the links between early adversity and poverty. The study stresses that prevention should address barriers in society that limit access to education, employment, and income and that perpetuate poverty across generations.


Experiences “Weigh in” for the Holidays

A new study from Cornell University indicates people feel more grateful for what they have done than for what they have and that feeling of gratitude also leads to more generous behavior. Learn more from Public News Service (MO) November 30, 2016.

New Year's 2017


Dads Mentoring Dads Program

Dads Mentoring DadsDads Mentoring Dads, a prevention program based in Rolla, provides new and inexperienced dads facing challenging circumstances with a mentor. Read more & hear about the program from Prevention Consultants of Missouri Director Jamie Myers.

 

Prevention $ense November 21, 2016

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

A new, landmark Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.   The report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. For the full report and executive summary, visit https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/


New Publication from Project Launch

Project LaunchProject Launch, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ,is pleased to provide a new publication written by Project LAUNCH grantees, the only cohort funded solely at the community level.  The publication Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities describes the innovative strategies these grantees used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. The e-Book is rich with creative approaches, lessons learned, and illustrative data from communities that can effectively inform future early childhood efforts in communities.


2017 Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

Please make plans to attend the Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017, Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.   Come network with colleagues and learn more about many successful prevention strategies, initiatives, & models including:

  • What makes families & communities resilient;
  • Engaging parent leaders;
  • How to effectively implement a Parent Café’s;
  • Identifying Adverse Childhood Experiences & applying Trauma Informed Care in your work;
  • The new Missouri-based online training for mandated reporters;
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training for child sexual abuse prevention;
  • Strong Parents, Stable Children Training on the protective factors to keep families healthy & safe;
  • The Focus on Fatherhood Program;
  • Effectively telling the prevention story;
  • Understanding & using cost analysis;
  • Missouri Kids Count;
  • Inspiring the Warrior Spirit within you;
  • And much, much more!

Registration is only $95.  Please visit ctf4kids.org to register online in January.


CTF Featured Grantee – Cubbies Who Care

Cubbies Who CareThe successful Cubbies Who Care program is part of Jefferson City School District’s Southwest Early Childhood Center, with the mission to provide conscious discipline education for parents and to be used in classrooms.  Hear Principal Nicole Langston and  Family Advocate Lisa Dierking as they talk about the program’s areas of focus and purpose.

 

Prevention $ense September 19, 2016

September – National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month in which the Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition is focusing on Safe to Sleep practices for infants.  The Coalition has been convening over the last several months with the goal of increasing efforts of safe sleep awareness and education across the state. Coalition members include….read full article.


7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes a Child’s Brain

Advertising on Child's BrainIn this article the science of early adversity and how it changes the brain is discussed – from the blog ACES Too High.
 
 

 

 


Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Tied to Later Increased Suicide Risk

Domestic ViolenceCanadian researchers found that about 17% of adults who were exposed to chronic parental domestic violence as children made suicide attempts, compared with about 2% of those who didn’t witness parental domestic violence. The findings in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development, based on data involving more than 22,500 Canadian adults, also showed that nearly 17% of those who were sexually abused and more than 12% of those who were physically abused during childhood had attempted suicide at least once. Read full article from Health Day.
 


How to Help Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outlines how to help children exposed to domestic violence.

Prevention $ense September 9, 2016

CTF Board Awards Prevention Grants  

1The CTF Board of Directors recently approved  over $1.7 million in funding for State Fiscal Year 2017 to support 88 different organizations throughout Missouri for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families. The board invested additional dollars in public education and awareness campaigns bringing the total in prevention funding to just over $2 million dollars for the year.  Click here to read article and here for current list of grantees for FY 2017.
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Study Finds Alarming Number of Infants Sleeping in Unsafe Sleep Environment

2A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates parents in the U.S. continue to be ill-informed about safe sleeping practices for babies.  Read the article and access more safe sleep resources at the pediatrician sponsored website HealthyChildren.org.
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A Practitioner’s Guide to Cost Analysis – First Steps

3The FRIENDS National Center is pleased to announce the addition of a cost analysis page to their newly designed website.  The webpage includes four briefs that address a three-part framework developed in partnership with the Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU-CPPR) at the University of Kansas (KU-CPPR), and was based on interviews with ten CBCAP State Leads.  State Leads (Missouri was one of 10) shared their experiences collecting data, identifying stakeholders, and conducting other activities in preparation for analyzing costs related to program activities and outcomes.  Check out the work done right here in Missouri (pages 21-27) regarding social cost savings & investment for prevention through the CBCAP grant.
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Prevention $ense August 16, 2016

Mark Your Calendar – Prevention Conference Spring 2017  

0ccce9e3-85a6-4c3c-97a5-09868759e227Planning is underway for the 2017 Statewide Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention to be held March 23 & 24, 2017 at the Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City. To provide a conference that offers meaningful information for attendees, CTF is currently soliciting ideas for workshops & presenters. Please advise if there is a training topic of  interest and/or a speaker/presenter that you have in mind; you may email Paula Cunningham at paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov with your suggestions. CTF strongly encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity to suggest presentation ideas that are important & useful in your work. Please plan to attend this statewide conference (only held every two years) and help us “kick-off” April as child abuse & neglect prevention month. We look forward to hearing your ideas for workshops.
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Preventing Child Abuse/Neglect – Resource from the CDC

c3c96257-0e0f-4b63-b679-b1b106c0ccfeThe Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities. This resource represents a collection of strategies of the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. The package supports CDC’s Essentials for Childhood framework and highlights 5 strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect:

  • Strengthen economic supports for 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 lessen harms and prevent future risk

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CA/N Prevention Infographic

In the upper right hand column is a wonderful infographic from the CDC developed to support their prevention technical package (described above). Please feel free to share. Also check out the CDC resource page on child abuse/neglect prevention including information on Economic Costs of Child Abuse, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and much much more.
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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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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. ________________________________

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. ________________________________

 

Prevention $ense December 16, 2015

Trauma Toolkit Available123 toolkit
Developed by Public Health Nurses with the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) in Spokane Washington, the 123 Care Trauma Sensitive Toolkit was developed for caregivers of children including parents, grandparents, child care providers, teachers, and others who care for children to help caregivers become more trauma aware and sensitive. It is organized by topic, each offering a brief overview, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids. The 178 page toolkit (4 MB) can be downloaded in its entirety or by individual sections.
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Free Stewards of Children Workbooks
Missouri KidsFirst, through a grant from Missouri CTF, purchased a bulk order of Stewards of Children interactive workbooks and would like to make them available to statewide facilitators at no cost. Interactive Workbooks are required materials needed to conduct the child sexual abuse prevention curriculum Stewards of Children. This opportunity is part of a training initiative to educate as many Missourians as possible on the awareness, identification, and prevention of child sexual abuse. For information on how to receive the workbooks, please email Cherisse Thibaut at Missouri KidsFirst.
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Strengthening Families Protective Factors Resources
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has made available five new fact sheets to promote the protective factors:
Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Promoting Protective Factors for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth
Promoting Protective Factors for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Promoting Protective Factors for Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect
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Training Videos: Strong Parents Stable Children
SF web buttonStrong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families is now on video. The training was developed by Dr. David Schramm, University of MO Extension Services with funding from Missouri Department of Mental Health Project LAUNCH and the Children’s Trust Fund. The interactive 4-hour workshop is designed to provide an overview of the five protective factors for a wide audience including parents and child caregivers, educators, children service agencies, clergy/faith-based leaders and volunteers, business professionals, health care professionals and others. Participants learn new strategies to help families build their protective factors and enable children to thrive. The video segments featuring Dr. Schramm can benefit those who are new to the protective factors, as a refresher for those who have completed the training, as well as those who wish to introduce the protective factors in parenting classes and other audiences in the community.
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Strengthening Families Brochure from CSSP
Check out the Strengthening Families Protective Factors brochure from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). The six-page booklet includes tune up tips on each protective factor in an easy to understand format. Also explore other resources available on the Strengthening Families website from CSSP.
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