Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Mandated Reporter Training is now On-line

For anyone interested in taking the on-line version of Missouri's Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Training, the link is provided below.  This training meets all the necessary components required for those agencies tasked with public safety and who have the responsibility of taking care of children at any point in time, such as medical providers, law enforcement, schools, religious organizations, public/private community groups, etc.

For Immediate Release—January 3, 2013

Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children Releases Final Report Submitted to Governor, General Assembly and State Board of Education

Today, at a press conference at the Missouri State Capitol, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children released its final report, detailing twenty-two recommendations in seven subject areas: community-based child abuse prevention, professional training and technical assistance, multi-disciplinary team excellence, mental health services and treatment, awareness, funding and statutory changes.

“The report is a blueprint for action,” said Joy Oesterly, Task Force Presiding Officer and Executive Director of Missouri KidsFirst. “Addressing child sexual abuse and meeting our duty to protect children demands the cooperation and action of individuals, organizations, elected officials and the General Assembly.”

The report emphasizes the substantial financial, health and social costs associated with child sexual abuse. National studies suggest twenty-five percent of girls and sixteen percent of boys experience sexual abuse during their childhood years. In order to better address this silent epidemic, the report recommends widespread public education, including the integration of education into existing programs, such as home-visiting services and other child abuse prevention initiatives.

In addition to education, the report highlights the importance of mental health services for children who have been sexually abused, as well as early intervention and treatment. In the report, in order to strengthen protections for children through child sex abuse prosecutions, the Task Force recommends a number of particular changes to Missouri laws and a proposed constitutional amendment. It also strongly encourages the General Assembly and private foundations to consider investing increased funding to prevent and address child sexual abuse in Missouri.

Authorized by Senate Bill 54 (2011), the Task Force consisted of fourteen individuals representing several areas of expertise. The Task Force conducted public hearings throughout the state and received testimony from thirty-five experts in the field of child sexual abuse. Drawing on testimony and the expertise of Task Force members, members compiled the recommendations for a report to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the State Board of Education on how to reduce child sexual abuse in Missouri.

The following individuals served as members of the Task Force: Joy Oesterly, Missouri KidsFirst; James Anderst, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital; Police Chief William Carson, Maryland Heights Police Department; Tec Chapman, Missouri School Boards’ Association; Steve Cramer, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Senator Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City; Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield; Representative Marsha Haefner, R-St. Louis; Representative Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis; Jill Meuth, EdD, Rockwood School District; Cheryl Robb-Welch, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; Candace Shively, Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division; Christopher Smith, EdD, Springfield School District; Ellen Teller, MEd, The Child Center, Inc.; and Catherine Vannier, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services.

A full copy of the Task Force report is available at: Missourians who are interested in assisting the Task Force in implementing the recommendations of the report should contact Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600.

The Task Force was financially supported by the Children’s Trust Fund.

For more information, please contact Emily van Schenkhof, Deputy Director, Missouri KidsFirst, at or 573-632-4600 (office).

Princeton Community Health Fair


   Princeton Health


The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center participated in the annual health fair sponsored by the Dr. Tammy Hart and the Princeton Community Health Clinic, at the Princeton Elementary School on October 31, 2009.  The Advocacy Center teamed up with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office in presenting health and safety related information.



Milan Communty Health Fair

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center participated in a Health Fair sponsored by the Milan Community Center on Sunday, October 25, 2009.  The Fair solicited blood donations and presented information on various health related services provided to the community.  The CAC held a drawing for a basketball which was won by Fair participant Diego Chavez.  Congratulations to Diego! 


Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing

Prevention Institute, a non-profit national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being, is proud to announce the official publication of Prevention is Primary:  Strategies for Community Wellbeing.  Edited by Prevention Institute and Vivian Chavez of San Francisco State University, Prevention Is Primary aims to move practitioners from the margins of prevention to its core by defining the elements of quality prevention efforts, identifying best practices, and illustrating the application of prevention principles in a multitude of settings.