STLCANN-logo finalAnnouncing the St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network!


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!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Find out how you can join in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month.

See our 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month Fact Sheet

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.

Our next training is Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The topic is “Using a Team Approach to Address Human Trafficking.” Learn more and register to attend.

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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