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The St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network (STLCANN) was established in June 2017 as a result of the merger of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse & Neglect.Both organizations share a commitment to quality treatment for children and families who are affected by abuse/neglect and to strengthening families to prevent abuse/neglect. The two organizations have partnered on projects and events in recent years. We’re growing stronger together!

Thank you for supporting the Oct. 6, 2017, Stepping Up for Awards Luncheon.

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December 7 Webinar: A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare

On Thursday, December 7, the St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network and Vision for Children at Risk are hosting A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare, a webinar presented by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The webinar is from 2 to 3:30 PM at VCR, 2433 North Grand (at North Market), St. Louis, MO 63106. Discussion will follow the webinar. Please RSVP to

This webinar provides an overview of the data collection efforts of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services which led to an extensive data warehouse. Content will highlight how data has been used to inform child welfare practice-finding the bright spots of success as well as gaps in service. Community collaborations and data sharing have led to an in-depth understanding of the inequities facing black girls in all areas of life. There now exists the Black Girls Equity Alliance, led by Gwen’s Girls, that has brought together several community agencies to address the needs of area girls. Presenters include Kathi Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP, Executive Director of Gwen’s Girls, and Angela Y. Steele, MSW, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services.

Our Mission

Promote advocacy, education and networking to improve the lives of children and families who have been impacted by abuse or neglect and to strengthen families to prevent child abuse or neglect.


  • Provide education and networking opportunities for professionals and community organizations to improve the lives of children and families who are at risk of, or who have been impacted by abuse or neglect.
  • Promote awareness of public, private and community organizations that provide resources to families at risk of abuse/neglect.
  • Foster coordinated legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of children.
  • Affirm and celebrate individuals who go the extra mile for children who have been abused or neglected.



Training Workshops and Events

Improve your professional skills in working with children and families and earn CE credits through quarterly training programs. Next program:

  • Debunking Myths, Defining Hope for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior
    Friday, December 8, 2017,  9 a.m. to noon, at The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., 63117
    Presenter: Kelly Snider, MSW, LCSW, Children’s Advocacy Services
    Free to STLCANN members, $10 for non-members, which can be paid at the door.  Cash or check only, please.  Register online at
    CE credits available.
    Kelly Snider is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing clinical services to children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Services. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in working with children, youth, and family as well as a certificate in violence and injury prevention. Kelly is the Program Director of Group Treatment for School-Age Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Kelly co-facilitates the caregiver component of group therapy for preschool and school-age children with sexual behavior problems. She also sees individual clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss.


See an archive of past training programs.

Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon

The annual Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon celebrates the amazing stories of resource families and front-line agency staff who give outstanding service to children in foster and adoptive care. They work to ensure safe and supportive homes for these children who previously were abused and neglected, many of whom today continue to face behavioral and physical health issues. Over 300 guests attended our Oct. 6, 2017, luncheon.  Learn more about Stepping Up for Kids.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each April, STLCANN teams up with organizations and individuals across the metro area to raise awareness about child abuse/neglect, and to promote efforts to strengthen families – the best way to prevent abuse/neglect. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been held annually nationally since 1982. Our April activities include:

  • Displaying child abuse prevention yard signs across the community
  • Holding a family resource fair targeting low-income, minority families
  • Posting daily messages on Facebook and recognizing participating organizations

Learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month

Learn More About STLCANN and Get Involved!

Contact Ruth Ehresman, STLCANN Coordinator, at 314-534-6015,

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