For Immediate Release
Springfield a Leader in Child Abuse Prevention
Springfield is one of 28 communities in the state to be recognized for exemplary leadership in accepting the responsibility of child abuse and prevention.
During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Springfield News-Leader's "Every Child" public service journalism project will be among those 28 receiving a 2013 Leaders in Child Abuse Prevention award. Springfield will be recognized for achievements during the Pinwheels for Prevention™ Community Pinwheel Garden Ceremony at noon on April 17, 2013 at the State Capitol. The Missouri Prevention Partners believe that child abuse can be prevented and each of us has a role to play to help children live free from abuse and neglect.
"As we have seen time and again in this community, when the needs are clearly established in people's minds, they see a way this could actually work, we can generate support for that," said Mayor Bob Stephens. "I commend the News-Leader for initiating not only the conversation, but encouraging other to find and work toward solutions."
The Springfield News-Leader launched the Every Child public-service journalism project to focus public attention on critical challenges facing children, foster discussion and build on existing initiatives.
An Every Child Advisory Committee brought together representatives from the business, government, education, nonprofit, law enforcement, health and faith sectors. The effort proved to educate and advise journalists working on the series and to help engage other stakeholders and the general public in a discussion. Out of this initial effort came Springfield's Every Child Initiative - a way to capitalize on heightened public awareness about the critical issues facing children — such as poverty, child abuse and neglect, poor parenting, inadequate health care, poor nutrition and lack of school readiness — and build upon existing community efforts to lead to real and lasting change.
An advisory committee hired a full-time child advocate, who will start July 1.
The complete list of 28 communities/projects selected as 2013 Leaders in Child Abuse Prevention include:
- Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center-St. Louis
- Camden County Child Advocacy Council-Camdenton
- CASA of South Central Missouri-Rolla
- Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)-Independence
- Children's Haven of Southwest Missouri, Inc.-Joplin
- Children's Home Society of Missouri (CHS)-St. Louis
- Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services-Healthy Babies Program-Columbia
- Fathers' Support Center-St. Louis
- Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis
- Jewish Family & Children's Service-Child Abuse Prevention Program-St. Louis City & County and St. Charles County
- Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition-Metro Kansas City
- Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)-Kansas City
- Community Child Development Center-Macon
- Marygrove-St. Louis
- Mississippi County Caring Communities-East Prairie
- Missouri CASA Association-Columbia
- Mother-to-Mother-Stoddard County
- Nurses for Newborns-St. Louis
- Pemiscot County Initiative Network/Families Support Project-Caruthersville
- Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN)-Rolla
- Project COPE of Jefferson County Community Partnership-Barnhart
- Putting Kids First Coalition-Columbia
- Saint Louis Crisis Nursery-St. Louis
- St. Louis Family & Community Partnership-St. Louis
- Southwest Missouri Community Alliance-Joplin
- Springfield "Every Child Series"–Springfield News-Leader
- The Child Center-Wentzville, Hannibal & Memphis
- The Community Partnership-Rolla
The Missouri Prevention Partners (pdf) a collaboration of statewide public and private nonprofit organizations that have an interest in and statewide perspective of child abuse and its prevention. Learn more about the Missouri Prevention Partners at http://missourikidsfirst.org/?page_id=8176.
For more information about the Pinwheels for Prevention™ Community Pinwheel Garden Ceremony at noon on April 17, 2013 at the State Capitol please visit: http://missourikidsfirst.org or www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-KidsFirst/132392254931
Media Contact: Cora Scott, City of Springfield, at 417-864-1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Joy Oesterly, Missouri KidsFirst, at 573-632-4600.