Public Awareness

Bears Tossed For A Cause

The gift of giving!  The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center received a portion of these cuddly critters to comfort children that visit our Center.  Thank you Livingston County Health Center, Chillicothe High School Leadership Class and the Chillicothe Hornets Boys Basketball Team!



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Children's Advocacy Center Receives Blanket Donations

The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center received a generous donation from 8th grader Miss Macey Ward, daughter of Cheri Ward & Bill Ward, of Jamesport.  Under the guidance of FCCLA instructor Jayla Smith, soft blankets were made to be given to children that visit the Advocacy Center.  Some children present with very few belongings, an unexpected relocation, and love the opportunity to choose a blanket of their very own.  Macey had chosen child abuse as her project.  Pictured are Child Advocate DeAn Witt and Macy Ward, representing Jamesport Tri-county FCCLA.  Thank you, Macy and the FCCLA class for your thoughts generosity! 


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).

Go Blue, Missouri!

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center is partnering with Missouri KidsFirst in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention month by offering Go Blue t-shirts at a purchase price of $12 each.  The words “Inspire Change” are on the front of the shirt with a quote by Frederick Douglass on the back that reads, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.”  Shirts are 50% cotton/50% poly blend with tapered neck, double needle stitched sleeves and bottom hem.  The shirts come in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. 


The "Go Blue" date is scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2010.  Anyone within the service area of the center interested in purchasing a t-shirt may order it by contacting the office at 660-359-2974.  These shirts are expected to be available at the Center office March 8, 2010.  Get yours while supplies last!

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.



Trenton Trick or Treat Night

On October 26, 2009, the Trenton Ambassadors of the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce again hosted a Trick or Treat Night for area critters, ghosts and ghouls to safely gather treats.  The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center booth attracted many visitors as seen in the photos below.  Special thanks to Maggie Bush for her assistance, entertainment and treats provided to the Center.


Ghoul Halloween 2009

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! 



April is Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Awareness month.  Blue ribons are often worn to remind and make people aware of child abuse issues.  In April of every year, Advocacy Centers all across the state make an effort to bring about this awareness.

The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center is one of 23 Centers in the state of Missouri.  This year, the Center is offering for purchase or by order, blue t-shirts indicating support for the Advocacy Center at a price of $10-$12, depending on size.  April 17 is the target date to wear blue across the state.  Anyone interested in participating in this endeavor, may contact the Center between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 660-359-2874.  Orders must be placed by April 1, 2009.