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Great Circle and Healthy Families Taskforce Receive Prevention Grant

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Great Circle and Healthy Families Taskforce Receive Prevention Grant

July 23, 2014 Great Circle was recently awarded a grant by the Missouri Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to strengthen and support families in Stone and Taney Counties. The grant is part of the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, a federal funding initiative that originates from the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. The intent is to support states’ efforts to help communities create and operate networks of community-based, prevention-focused family resource programs.

Great Circle will receive up to $100,000 over the next year to work with the Healthy Families Taskforce, a coalition in Stone and Taney Counties, to provide a coordinated community network of family support services to strengthen families and ultimately reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The grant includes the possibility of renewal for an additional four years based on performance outcomes and the availability of CTF funds. "The coordinated service delivery model has proven successful in many other Missouri communities, and we are excited to work with the Healthy Families Taskforce to replicate," said CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber. "The Taskforce will focus on agencies combining their resources, reducing duplication and working together with each family to address the many challenges facing families today," Schreiber added.

Healthy Families Taskforce was created in 1997 to provide resources and vision in collaboration with community leaders to address the needs of families in Stone and Taney Counties. It includes representatives from more than 40 public and private human service organizations.

"We are grateful to Children’s Trust Fund for supporting the Healthy Families Task Force collaboration and for increasing opportunities to provide help for children and families facing difficult circumstances," said Great Circle President and CEO Vince Hillyer. 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 2015, CTF awarded over $2.8 million to support 115 community-based organizations with their prevention efforts and to support CTF’s public awareness campaigns.

CTF receives funding from dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on Missouri State Income Tax Returns, sales of the specialty CTF "child handprints" license plate, general donations, interest income from the Fund and a federal grant. Established in 1983, CTF has awarded nearly $55 million dollars of non-general revenue funding to support community-based prevention programs throughout Missouri in its 31-year history.

Great Circle is a not-for-profit agency that provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families. Highly trained professionals provide specialized services in areas of education, autism, intensive 24/7 treatment, in-home crisis intervention, foster care and adoption through campuses and community-based service locations in Columbia, Hillsboro, Kirksville, Springfield, Steelville, St. James and St. Louis. Established as a result of the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children's Center, Great Circle is now one of the largest children's behavioral health service organizations in Missouri. In 2013 Great Circle touched the lives of more than 16,000 children, teens and family members. Great Circle employs more than 800 staff members.








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Shaken Baby Syndrome:

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) in collaboration with the Bureau of Genetics and Healthy Childhood has developed a new educational video for expecting or new parents.  The DVD has chapters in English, Spanish, and English close-captioned titled “Never Shake a Baby/Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome” and “Safe Sleep for Your Baby.”  The DVD meets the qualifications of 191.748 RSMo, which requires all new mothers have an opportunity to view a video on the dangers of shaken baby syndrome before the mother’s discharge from the healthcare facility after delivery.  In addition, the DVD has a chapter specific for healthcare providers on the pathophysiology of Shaken Baby Syndrome by Dr. Mary Case, Chief Medical Examiner of St. Louis County.  The DVDs are available free-of-charge through the CTF website at and can be shown to parents by healthcare providers, home visitors, and parent educators.


According to the 2009 Missouri Kids Count ranking of 114 counties in our state, with 114 being the worst:

  • Stone county ranks 59th (up from 90th in 2006) and Taney County ranks 80th (same as in 2006) in Missouri, based on the Kids Count Composite County Ranking.
  • Almost 24% of the children in Stone  County and  21% of  the children in Taney County, ages 0-17, live in poverty.
  • Stone and Taney counties rank higher than the state average in the following areas: the number of children receiving free/reduced lunches, births to mothers without high school diplomas, annual high school dropouts, child abuse/neglect and out-of-home placements.
  • In 2008, both Stone and Taney counties ranked higher than the state average for children under the age of 18 receiving food stamps.

Overall county rankings from 2004-2008 have improved because of community awareness and involvement.  Healthy Families Taskforce is just one community organization working to improve the lives of families.  Stone county’s ranking improved from 90 to 59, and Taney county’s ranking improved from 83 to 80 as a result of community agencies working together.

Statistics:– 2009 Databook link


The national Low-Income Housing Coalition reported the following statistics in 2010:

  • In many communities, Missouri residents need an hourly wage of at least $11.76 to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
  • Families with the lowest income pay about 38% of their incomes for home energy and of those 46% will go without food and 45% will not purchase prescribed medications to pay energy bills.
  • For more information regarding the Housing Coalition for Stone and Taney counties, contact Community Development with the University of Missouri Extension office at (417)546-4431.

National Low Income Housing Coalition, 


  • The average cost of child care for a 4 year old is $4,118 per year and $5,239 for a one year old.
  • There is an estimated 27% (58,409) unmet need for childcare in Missouri.
  • Department of Social Services provides child care subsidies for families who qualify for assistance.
  • Child Care Resource and Referral can help families find child care.
  • Public files for licensed childcare facilities are available for review by contacting the Section for Childcare Regulation at (417-895-6541).

Child Care Resource and Referral, 800-743-8497

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