The Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative works together to prevent child abuse and neglect through five identified priorities:
- Prevent child abuse and neglect through strengthening families.
- Springfield and Greene County will have a quality understanding of child abuse and neglect and will know how to respond to the needs of the community.
- All businesses, civic, and faith-based organizations in Greene County that work with children will support families through positive parenting practices.
- Develop a state of the art child welfare system in Greene County, ensuring all children, families, and caseworkers will have the necessary training, support, and services needed for successful outcomes.
- All suspected child abuse and neglect will be reported to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.
Child Abuse and Neglect in Greene County, Missouri
According to the 2017 Annual Report from the Greene County Juvenile Office, there were an average of 595 children in care in Greene County for the year 2017.
The Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative began meeting in January of 2013. Dan Patterson serves as the chair and Nancy Hoeman serves as the Vice-Chair. Six sub-committees were created to focus on supporting children in child welfare; Public Awareness, Supporting Children in Child Welfare, Supporting Families in Child Welfare, Trauma Response, Mandated Reporter Training, and Faith Community Engagement.
Agencies Unite in April to GoBlue for National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month
Child Abuse & Neglect stands out as an ongoing “red flag” issue in the Ozarks, which is why a number of local agencies – each providing vital services to at-risk children and families – become increasingly vocal in April for National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. Their goal each year is to create a sea of blue across Southwest Missouri and online, promoting awareness and action, initiating dialogue and raising essential funds needed to offer hope and help to children, families and victims.
This April, several members of the Child Abuse & Neglect (C.A.N.) Collaborative at Community Partnership of the Ozarks are leading the charge to #GoBlueSWMO, including Isabel’s House, CASA, Child Advocacy Center, The Victim Center, Foster Adopt Connect, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Ozarks Regional YMCA, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, with support from Mercy, CoxHealth, Jordan Valley Community Health, Greene County Commission, City of Springfield, Children’s Trust Fund, Missouri KidsFirst and an ever-growing list of local leaders committed to making safe children a top priority.
Throughout the month of April, individuals and businesses supporting the local Go Blue movement are invited to participate and partner in a number of activities and campaigns designed to draw attention to year-round prevention efforts and the important work of each participating agency.
Official #GoBlueSWMO efforts kick off April 2 with the planting of several “Pinwheels for Prevention” gardens at prominent locations across Springfield, followed by an official “Let’s Light Our Community Blue” Kickoff Event, beginning at 6pm at Mercy’s McAuley Conference Center. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to connect with C.A.N. Collaborative agencies, pick up eye-catching blue light bulbs (available for pre-purchase at cpozarks.org/cancollaborative), and hear about the implications of childhood trauma on our community from guest speakers Dr. Laura Waters and Dr. Kayce Morton, who represent our region on the Board of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Official Go Blue Proclamations from Greene County and the City of Springfield will also take place during this special event.
The most popular awareness day of the month is planned for Friday, April 6, when thousands of Missourians will show off their blue – online and offline – for the official Statewide “wear blue” day. Locally, those who wear blue to support our kids are encouraged to shout out, tag or even raise money for their favorite prevention-focused agencies and to use the hashtags #DressBlue and #GoBlueSWMO on social media.
CAN Collaborative Blue Light Campaign
You may purchase blue light bulb(s) by completing and submitting the purchase form with your online payment. Thank you for helping us create awareness of child abuse & neglect!
Have questions or interested in joining?
Contact Justin Lockhart, Director of the Community Collaboratives at Community Partnership of the Ozarks Email: email@example.com Phone: 417-888-2020