Missouri Prevention Partners

The Missouri Prevention Partners is organized for the charitable and educational purpose of providing statewide leadership to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities. View the Missouri Prevention Partners flyer.


Missouri places families and children first so they thrive at home and in their communities.


The Missouri Prevention Partners provide leadership to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.


  1. Every child should be safe, nurtured and supported in their family; every family should be safe, nurtured and supported in their community
  2. Diverse family structures, values, and cultures shall be honored and respected
  3. Children and families benefit most from long-term commitment and investment in outcome-oriented and evidenced-based prevention strategies
  4. Every caregiver, family and community should have access to resources to strengthen families
  5. All systems at all levels should be accountable to the families, children, and communities they serve
  6. Everyone should take responsibility and be engaged in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect
  7. Every child and family benefits from collaborative approaches and coordinated services that incorporate partnerships among public and private agencies
  8. All families have strengths and benefit from strength-based practices
  9. Diverse cultural representation and participation is highly valued and actively sought in all Missouri Prevention Partners efforts and activities.


Children’s Trust Fund
Kirk Schreiber
Paula Cunningham
Department of Corrections
Jeananne Markway
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Department of Health and Senior Services
Cindy Wilkinson
Marjorie Cole, RN, MSN
Mary List
Department of Mental Health
Judy Finnegan
Kristi Scoville
Department of Public Safety
Vicky Scott
Department of Social Services
Paula Neese
Becky Houf
Missouri Association of Community Action Agencies
Cheryl Leffler
Humane Society of Missouri
Sue Gassner
One Hope United
Shannon Stokes
Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Lori Williams
Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies (MCCA)
Carmen Schulze
Missouri Head Start – State Collaboration Office
Carolyn Stemmons
Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
Vivian Murphy
Missouri KidsFirst
Jay Wood
Joy Oesterly
Practical Parenting Partnerships
Janet Shepard, CFLE
Carol Mertensmeyer, PhD
University of Missouri Extension-Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
David Schramm, PhD, CFLE

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