Promoting Safe Homes and Strong Families for All Children

The SLFCP_logo_Web250St. Louis Family and Community Partnership works to support families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help ensure that children have permanent relationships that help them safely thrive with families in their own communities. We are a coalition of more than 200 individuals in more than 70 child-serving agencies and community partners in metropolitan St. Louis. Our members include social-service agencies, courts, police, schools, government leaders and state agencies. Please join us in protecting children and supporting families.

We’re growing! The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect have merged. Our new name is St. Louis Area Child Abuse & Neglect Network. Watch for further updates soon!



Nominations Now Open for 2017 Stepping Up for Kids Awards

Do you know a family or a staff person who has made an outstanding difference for children in foster, adoptive or kinship care? Help give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network’s* 2017 Stepping Up for Kids Award. Awards will be presented at the Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 6 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Nominations are due August 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Nomination Form in Word
Nomination Form in PDF

Learn more about the Stepping Up for Kids Awards including photos from last year’s event and sponsorship opportunities.

Register online for a Table of 10 or an individual place.

Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens will be our guest speaker, and Debbie Monterrey of KMOX returns as emcee.


Help Promote Safe Children and Strong Families During April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership, the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and other partners in working to prevent the tragedy of child abuse and neglect during April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Learn more about April Child Abuse Prevention Month and how you can help.


Congratulations 2016 Stepping Up for Kids Honorees

Resource Families
Adella Coleman
Shane and Jennifer Tripp
Jan and Paul Wilkin

Agency Staff
Denise Kelley, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
Gail Knipshild, Children’s Home Society
Karen Jones, Missouri Children’s Division


Six 2016 Stepping Up for Kids Award recipients were honored at the annual luncheon on Oct. 7 attended by some 270 guests. Pictured, front row from left, guest speaker Judge Darrell Missey from Jefferson County, Brenda Maly of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership, resource family honorees Jennifer Tripp and Adella Coleman, and emcee Debbie Monterrey from KMOX Radio. Second row, Ruth Ehresman from Vision for Children at Risk, resource family honorees Jan and Paul Wilkin, agency staff honorees Gail Knipshild from Children’s Home Society of Missouri and Karen Jones of the Missouri Children’s Division, and Mike Fitzgerald of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership. Not pictured: Denise Kelley from the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Judge Missey gave stirring remarks affirming the efforts of social workers and others in the child welfare field “as a force for good” for those facing challenges. He also referred to his personal campaign to secure more foster homes in Jefferson County, so children in foster care can stay in the same school district and neighborhood. Thanks also to the Riverview Gardens High School Musical Ensemble for some great jazz entertainment.

SUFK Logo ConceptThanks to our sponsors: Missouri Foundation for Health (Platinum Event Sponsor), the Incarnate Word Foundation (Gold Event Sponsor), and our Blue Ribbon Table Sponsors: Children’s Permanency Partnership, Family Resource Center, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition and Saint Louis Partners.



Annual Review of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership


These slides show a summary of the activities of the Partnership from July 2015 through June 2016.



How did children and their families fare in the 2016 Missouri legislative session?

Thank you for attending the 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. See a summary of the forum.




Thank you FOCUS St. Louis!!

The St. Louis Family & CommWRWR2016-FRC-STLFamilyunity Partnership is pleased to be selected by FOCUS-St. Louis to receive the 2016 “What’s Right With the Region!” Award in recognition of the Partnership’s work over the past 11 years in promoting greater collaboration and coordination of services among child-serving agencies and the Missouri Children’s Division in the area of child abuse prevention, foster/adoptive care and family support.

See the FOCUS St. Louis video on the honorees in the Fostering Regional Cooperation category.

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L to R, Partnership co-chairs Brenda Maly and Mike Fitzgerand with Ruth Ehresman with the award.












See the FOCUS event page for a summary and photos


April 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month!Yard Sign 2819


See the blog posting with photos from community organizations posting Child Abuse Prevention Month yard signs during April.

See photos from the April 30 Healthy Kids Day and Family Resource Fair.

Get the facts on child abuse and neglect. See our Fact Sheet.



The primary goals of the Family & Community Partnership are:

  • Raise awareness of the issue of child abuse and neglect, and provide community education in prevention.
  • Increase the effectiveness of child-serving professionals in serving at-risk families, through educational presentations on trends and best practices in family service.
  • Reduce disproportionality and disparity in child welfare practice by educating professionals.
  • Strengthen the number and resiliency of foster/adoptive families, through recruitment events, coordination of training and more.
  • Review current data in family service practice, identify issues of concern, and share promising practices.

The Partnership has four workgroups: Disproportionality; Recruitment Training & Support; Self-Evaluation and Strengthening Families. All are welcome to get involved in a workgroup. For more information, contact Ruth Ehresman, 314-534-6015,

Major Activities

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Join us for the annual Healthy Kids Day Family Resource Fair next April 2017 at the YMCA O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex.

Share your support for safe families and child abuse prevention … post a Child Abuse Prevention Month yard sign. To order a sign, contact Ruth Ehresman, 314-534-6015,  Learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Thanks to all who attended and supported our Oct. 9, 2015, “Stepping Up for Kids” Awards Luncheon at Norwood Hills Country Club, honoring those who give outstanding service to children in foster and adoptive care. Watch for announcement of the third annual “Stepping Up for Kids.” Learn more about “Stepping Up for Kids.”


See Vision for Children at Risk data and background information on Family Support issues


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    Meetings are held at Vision for Children at Risk, 2401 N. Grand Blvd. unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Ruth Ehresman, 314-534-6015.


    Major funding for the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership is provided by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund.