Interventions with Families

Friday, December 4, 2015
The Heights
8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
The fee is $10 for non-members, cash or check only.

2015 CoCAN Workshop Series:

This workshop will evaluate the complexities of working with diverse families. The presenter will provide information regarding common challenges many families face and corresponding high quality interventions to enhance their resilience. Workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of the unique challenges and rewards of working with families and tools to help meet their needs. Local providers of services to families will be available to share referral information. Family therapy tools will be raffled as door prizes to participants.



COCAN Policy Notes - OCTOBER 2015


COCAN has pledged to partner with others interested in child abuse and neglect issues. We continue our commitment this fall. The Legislative/Advocacy Committee wants you to know your membership and your dues count:

  • On September 17th, we championed a table for the No More Abuse Breakfast sponsored by Family Resource Center and Safe Connections and supported by the Family Violence Council and St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network. This free public awareness event highlighted our area's best practices and gave suggestions for guests to break the silence and end the violence in the St. Louis community.

  • On October 9th, COCAN will be a Leadership Sponsor for the Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon. This event honors outstanding service to children in foster, adoptive and kinship care, while celebrating progress of the community in caring for kids. COCAN's contribution for this luncheon will also support the work of the St. Louis Family and Community Partnership. This coalition of organizations, agencies and individuals works to prevent abuse and neglect, with efforts to assure safe, loving, permanent homes for families.

  • On November 9th, one of the COCAN board members will attend the annual strategic planning retreat for the Missouri Prevention Partners (MPP) in Jefferson City. At that meeting the Partners will be voting on adding COCAN as a member organization, after our board member provides a brief presentation to their board about COCAN. MPP is a collaboration of public and private nonprofit organizations invested in a statewide perspective on child abuse and neglect and its prevention. 

Additionally, COCAN is participating the planning group for the next Family Resource Fair again this spring. The Fair will be held in April 2016, during Blue Ribbon /Prevent Child Abuse month. The planning meetings are already underway, in hopes that the second such fair will be even more successful than last year's in educating families about services in the St. Louis region.


In addition to letting you know what is going on in the Missouri legislation once we are aware, COCAN members may want to keep abreast of these national bills this year:

  • Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act---aimed at expanding awareness, screening and treatment for postpartum depression.

  • Family Stability and Kinship Care Act---would permit states to use funds, allocated in the past for foster care maintenance payments, to pay for services to prevent kids from entering foster care and to increase funding for services to support families in adversity.

  • Protecting Our Infants Act---directs secretary of Health and Human Services to coordinate collection of data and research, as well as diagnosis and treatment, about babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, i.e, newborns who were exposed in the womb to addictive opiates.








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