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.

Goals

  • 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.

History

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 (COCAN). 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!

The St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect was established as a collaborative council in 1975 to meet the need for professional networking, education, and advocacy on behalf of children in St. Louis regarding child abuse and neglect.

The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership was formed in 2005 with the merger of the St. Louis Neighborhood Network and the Family to Family initiative. The St. Louis Neighborhood Network, started in 1995 with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, focused on the use of family support teams in child welfare practice, culture change in child protection services, and more grassroots efforts to build support for families. The Family to Family initiative began in 2003 and focused on reform of the child protection system including reducing the number of children in residential care and building community partnerships.

Vision for Children at Risk began staffing and facilitating the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership in 2005 with the help of grants from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Community Services.

The Children’s Trust Fund has continued as a primary funder of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and now the St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network. We thank the CTF for their long-term support.