August 21, 2017

An Easy Way to Checkoff Child Abuse

The Tax Check-off Program provides a quick, easy and effective way for Missourians to support CTF and our mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. When the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) was established in 1983 it was determined that the Tax Check-off Program would serve as the primary source of funding where donations to CTF could be […]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The National Child Abuse Prevention Month Website is now live and has an abundance of resources to assist with your planning of activities for April and throughout the year.   This year’s theme focuses on, “Making Meaningful Connections.” To learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being, and engage families and communities in the prevention […]

Ending Child Poverty Now

Excellent report from the Children’s Defense Fund.  The report states that the U.S. has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world.  For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase […]

Parent Leadership

February is National Parent Leadership Month, an opportunity to honor and acknowledge the strengths of parents as leaders and generate awareness about the important roles parents play in shaping the lives of their families and communities. Actively promoting and supporting parent leadership is an essential and effective means of strengthening families and preventing child abuse and […]

New Resources for Missouri KIDS COUNT

Missouri Kids Count (MKC) has launched the new Missouri KIDS COUNT website in conjunction  with  a new tool for data and reports, Missouri KIDS COUNT Data, from the Office of Social & Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) – University of Missouri.   We hope that you will utilized these two web sites often and please share these new resources with […]

End Child Sexual Abuse Regional Training

Missouri KidsFirst, with a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund, will be presenting a number of regional trainings throughout Missouri in early 2014.  This powerful training series includes Stewards of Children’s Darkness to Light – newly Released Version 2.0 and Prevention Basics: Empowering Mandated Reporters to Protect Children. All training is free, however registration is required as space is limited.  This […]

CDC Study Finds Child Maltreatment Costs Medicaid an Estimated $5.9 Billion Per Year

In a study released in early July in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that child maltreatment costs the Medicaid system an estimated $5.9 billion per year.  This important research provides the first ever estimates of the effect of child […]

National Link Coalition

The National Link Coalition (NLC) is the national resource center on the link between animal abuse and human violence.  Each month NLC keeps you up-to-date on public policy, programs and research where animal abuse, domestic violence, child maltreatment and elder abuse meet. The Link Newsletter – January 2013 The Link Newsletter – February 2013

CDC’s Essentials for Childhood – Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships

Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. Essentials for Childhood, a toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) proposes strategies communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy […]

Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma, A COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDE (PDF)

This is an excellent resource prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by ZERO TO THREE.  Published in 2012, the community action guide covers topics that include the importance of birth to age 5; threats to resilience; building a sturdy foundation for children through the use of the Protective Factors that […]