Changing Needs Call for Fresh Approaches
Until recently, the number of children in Missouri state custody was in decline.

That is no longer the case.

Many factors, including a growing number of opioid addictions, have led to an increase of children being removed from their homes. More than 13,000 children are currently in the Missouri foster care system, and this trend is not exclusive to the state. With both the trauma that comes from living in an abusive or neglectful environment and the trauma that comes from being removed from one’s biological family, these youth need specialized care and loving environments in which to receive it.

Ryan Dowis, our chief operating officer, and Melanie Scheetz from the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (FACC), our community partner in St Louis, spoke on air with St. Louis Public Radio about the current state of foster care in Missouri and how we are addressing the specific needs of the children we work with every day.

We believe that a trauma-informed approach to care is necessary for children to heal. Between our specialized treatment foster care program, working with extended family members to care for relatives who enter state custody, and creating robust support systems like FACC’s Foster Friends program, our communities are working together to build a stronger network of safe, healthy homes for children to heal and thrive.
Partnering for Prevention

Grandview elementary schools received 45 hotline calls and 11 elementary students were referred for a suicide assessment.* Studies show that 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood, so catching and treating signs of illness early can prevent larger problems down the line.
Thanks to new funding from the Jackson County Children’s Services Fund, we have begun a partnership with the Grandview School District to conduct voluntary school-based social and emotional health screenings to 3-5 graders. Our team will help students who are identified as having an elevated mental health risk with ongoing support and resources to the both them and their families to keep them safe and healthy. We predict that these streamlined early-intervention services will reduce future mental health crises.

In response to this program, other area school districts have already reached out with interest in forming similar partnerships. We will keep you in the loop as we pursue these opportunities for more a more robust approach to mental health care for schools, students and families!
*2016-2017 academic year
What is Solution-Based Casework?

Thanks to grants from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Hall Family Foundation, our direct-care staff will be the first to implement Solution-Based Casework® (SBC) in Missouri.

SBC is an evidence-based model focusing on full-family health that has already shown impressive results in published research studies. Designed to reduce the lengths of stay for children in residential care and reduce the number of times a child re-enters state custody, our team will use SBC to help families better manage chronic stress and mental health challenges.

We're excited to see how we can better serve our children and families by adopting and implementing the model!
Did You Know?

In honor of Patrick Mahomes (the Chiefs' new starting quarterback) and our partnership with the team for the Chiefs Charity Game, we’re hosting a giving away! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and
  2. Tag 2 friends in the post about the giveaway.

That’s it! Fifteen winners will be chosen on 6/15 with 14 people winning an exclusive Chiefs Charity Game tumbler and 1 lucky winner snagging two tickets to the game! Good luck!
2018 Fundraising Events
June 12, registration at 8 a.m.
Loch Lloyd Country Club
June 22 & 23
Riverside, MO
June 29
Arrowhead Stadium
July 27
Arrowhead Stadium Tower Club
August 9
Arrowhead Stadium
November 10
Kansas City Convention Center

Coming Soon

Cornerstones of Care
Disc Golf Tournament
September 15
Thornfield Disc Golf Course
Community Events & Trainings
Every Tuesday, 7-8 p.m.
Cornerstones of Care — Spofford Campus
free of charge; donations accepted
June 18 — December 17, various times
various locations
free of charge
June 15, 10 a.m. to noon
Cornerstones of Care — Gillis Campus
$20 / 2 CEUs
June 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cornerstones of Care — Roeland Park
$60 / 6 CEUs
June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Covenant Church
free of charge to community members
$20 / 2 CEUs to behavioral healthcare professionals
July 13, 9 a.m.-noon
Cornerstones of Care — Gillis Campus
$30 / 3 CEUs
July 19 & July 20
Cornerstones of Care — St. Louis
2 workshops per day / 3 CEUs per workshop
$45 / workshop (3 CEUs)
$90 / day (6 CEUs)
$170 / series (12 CEUs)
July 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Cornerstones of Care — Gillis Campus
$30 / 3 CEUs
August 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cornerstones of Care — Roeland Park
$60 / 6 CEUs
Learn more about our impact at or call us at 1-844-824-8200.