How Kids Won the 2021 Session and the Work Ahead

by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Kids Win Missouri The 2021 Regular Session of the Missouri legislature concluded on Friday, May 14th at 6 PM. Policy priorities such as COVID-19 liability, criminal justice reform, gasoline tax, and education reform were all sent to Governor Parson’s desk. As these priorities were resolved, Republicans and

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Partner Spotlight: Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri

Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri, a not-for-profit child advocacy center headquartered in Joplin, Missouri has been providing victim assistance services since 1997. Children’s Center was founded in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens that believed children should not be repeatedly interviewed about an abusive incident. At that time, most children were interviewed in busy police

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Protecting Children from Abuse in Unlicensed Boarding Schools

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month In September 2020, the Kansas City Star released the first article in what would become a months-long series that is still ongoing detailing horrific cases of physical and sexual abuse at a several unlicensed boarding schools throughout southern Missouri. When reports revealed loopholes in child protection law allowing

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National child abuse prevention month from our partners at the Children’s Trust Fund The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.  CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent and/or alleviate child abuse and neglect. Located within

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Partner Spotlight: Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE)

Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE) was the ultimate grassroots organization wanting to impact policy–by a small group of mothers Their goal was to seek insurance equity by expanding the coverage mandate beyond autism alone. After accomplishing this insurance coverage expansion, MoDE was born when they discovered and wanted to create an avenue to voice concerns and

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Halfway There – Read Our Mid-Session Legislative Update

by Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Kids Win Missouri.   The Missouri General Assembly returns from their spring break this week. Let’s recap where they’ve been and where children’s issues are headed during the 2021 legislative session. In January, when the legislators took their oaths, there were 47 freshmen House members (28%)

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Empowerment through Home Visitation – Asia’s Story

I was 22 years old, working full time, trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life as a professional, when I found out I was pregnant. I learned about Nurse-Family Partnership ® when I applied for WIC, and that’s when I was connected to Lauren, my NFP

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