July 1, 2015 The Child Center, Inc., in Wentzville, Missouri recently received a $19,900 and $17,092 grant from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Executive Director is Elphanie Swift. Her favorite quote is “Just because you may never see it; just because you don’t talk about it, just because you find it hard to believe, doesn’t mean it’s not happening in your community. It crosses all boundaries; urban, rural, socio-economic, racial, religious, and ethnic. The tragic fact is that the number of physically and sexually abused children continues to grow. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be abused before their 18th birthday. We all have a role to play to help keep our children free from abuse and neglect.”
The $19,900 is to be used for prevention education in the northern counties of the 14 counties we serve and the $17,092 is to be used for prevention education in Warren County only. Body Safety education is created for Pre-K, 1st, & 4th grade; Internet Safety/Online Enticement is created for 5th & 6th grade; Sexual Harassment
is created for 7th grades; Mandated Reporter Training is for professionals who work with children; Parent Education Seminars are for parents, caretakers, and guardians. This is the 3rd year of funding through CTF for one of our northern counties, Hannibal and the 1st year of funding for Warren County.
“CTF is excited to fund 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, CTF is pleased to support new grants that will provide parent education and support, home visitation, crisis nursery services, mentoring, and training in the areas of protective factors and sexual abuse prevention.”
CTF, Missouri’s non-profit foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships. In Fiscal Year 2016, CTF awarded over $1.8 million to support over 100 child-serving organizations throughout Missouri with their prevention efforts and to support CTF’s public awareness and parent education campaigns.
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 specialty CTF prevent child abuse license plate, general donations, Interest income for the Fund and a federal grant administered through the Administration of Children and Families.
For additional information, visit ctf4kids.org.