Kornerstone program receives grant

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Kornerstone Teen Mom Program in Barry County recently received a $28,817 grant from the Missouri Children's Trust Fund (CTF) to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

"We are very pleased to announce funding from the Children's Trust fund for our Teen Mom Community Based Doula Support program for the second year," said Marlene Whitham, program director. "We believe that education is one of the "kornerstones" in preventing child abuse and neglect and the first step in empowering teens who are becoming a parent while still a child themselves.

Barry County is very fortunate to receive this grant to provide the resources to advocate and educate pregnant and parenting teens in our community," she said.

Kornerstone's Teen Mom program provides services throughout Barry County and is the only program for pregnant teens in the area that provides comprehensive services designed to empower teens to work towards delivering a healthy full-term baby.

"We have become known as a program that provides a "new model of care" for pregnant teenagers," Witham said. "Our purpose is to provide expectant teens access to healthcare services and social services through advocacy, direct services, and collaboration so that teens have early and adequate medical care and social support. Both of our doula/advocates are trained as birth doulas through Dona International to provide labor, delivery, and post-partum support until baby is six months old.

"Our overall efforts are focused on reducing the likelihood of child abuse and neglect in teen parents," Witham continued.

"Investing early and often in children and families is paramount to healthier outcomes both now and in the generations to come," said Kirk Schreiber, CTF director. "Prevention is a key component for good health, mental health, educational and economic prosperity that ultimately affects everyone."

CTF, Missouri's non-profit foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education and awareness. In Fiscal Year 2014, CTF awarded nearly $3 million to support over 115 community-based organizations with their prevention efforts and to support CTF's public awareness and parent education campaigns.

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 also 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.

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