Contact: Steve Hollis, Human Services Manager
573-874-7488 or sph@GoColumbiaMO.com
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services recently received a $15,000 grant from the Missouri Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The CTF grant funds are used to carry out the department's award-winning Healthy Babies Program, the pregnancy and parenting support program recognized earlier this year as a 2013 Leader in Child Abuse Prevention by Missouri Prevention Partners. This is the second year in a row the department has received funds from the CTF.
Using the "Partners for a Healthy Baby" curriculum, Healthy Babies offers monthly home visits from a Social Services Specialist to address parenting, health care access, child safety, breastfeeding and other issues affecting young families. This year, 111 families have been helped through the Healthy Babies Program.
Steve Hollis, Human Services Manager for the City of Columbia and Boone County, shared: "The CTF is a key partner in our efforts to ensure a healthy and safe start in life for children born in Boone County."
"Investing early and often in children and families is paramount to healthier outcomes both now and in the generations to come," said CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber. "Prevention is a key component for good health, mental health, educational and economic prosperity that ultimately affects everyone."
CTF receives funding from dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on Missouri State Income Tax Return, sales of the specialty CTF license plate, general donations, interest income from the Fund, and a Federal grant. CTF funds support evidence-based and promising programs including home visitation, safe crib, parent education, crisis nursery, fatherhood support, sexual abuse prevention, community collaboration and training. CTF promotes public education campaigns such as Strengthening Families, Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma Prevention, safe sleep environments, child safety in or around vehicles, emotional abuse and neglect prevention, positive parenting, realistic expectations of children and stress reduction.
Grants are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional four years based on the performance outcome of the program and the availability of CTF funds. During the last three years, the grantee is required to fund an increasing proportion of the program's cost. Established in 1983, CTF has awarded over $51 million dollars of non-general revenue funding to support community-based prevention programs throughout Missouri in its 30-year history.
For additional information, visit ctf4kids.org.