Vision for Children at Risk is a catalyst for positive change in the way the way the St. Louis region takes care of its children. Here is how we have made an impact:

Informing the community with comprehensive, current and reliable data and policy information on child well-being

  • Ten editions and over 9,000 copies of the Children of Metropolitan St. Louis (CMSL) report provide the data and information on over 40 key indicators.
  • Special reports including an inventory of child health resources, an assessment of community needs related to youth violence and child abuse, and a study of the economic impact of nonprofits in Missouri.

Driving collaboration and strategic action that produced new programs and initiatives serving tens of thousands of children and attracting over millions in new funding to the region

  • Better health care for children … Facilitated development of the Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition and the Healthy Youth Partnership.
  • Improved early care and education … Facilitated development of and now staff the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council; facilitated development of the St. Louis Early Childhood Success program and T.E.A.C.H. Missouri program.
  • Prevention of child abuse and improved service for children in state or foster/adoptive care … Facilitated development of and now staff the St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network; facilitated development of Quality Standards for Home Visitation.
  • Community support for public education … Facilitated  2007 Public Education Forums and Steering Committee
  • Greater funding for children’s services … Assisted with development and 2004 voter approval of the St. Louis Community Children’s Services Fund.
  • Programs for youth development and delinquency prevention … Facilitated the Safe Futures program in St. Louis and Youth employment programs.
  • Community collaboration … Held St. Louis Children’s Summits in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2017 that brought together hundreds of child-serving professionals and community leaders to identify strategies and solutions.

Advocating for business and civic support for children’s issues and coordinated state legislative advocacy

  • Helped develop and now provide leadership for Kids Win Missouri for children’s state legislative advocacy.
  • Relationships built with key business, civic and government leaders who have become engaged in children’s issues.


The work of Vision for Children at Risk has been recognized with a variety of local and national awards:

  • 2016 FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right With the Region!” Award for the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership (now STLCANN).
  • VCR director Richard Patton received Missouri Child Advocate Award from the Missouri Alliance of Children, Youth and Families, 2015
  • VCR director Richard Patton was the recipient of the James A. Braun Champion of Children Award presented by Youth in Need, 2010
  • St. Louis Mental Health Board Advocacy Award, 2007
  • The Case Foundation, “Make It Your Own” Awards, Semifinalist, 2007
  • Brookings Institution “Community Indicators” Award, Honorable Mention, 2005
  • FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region!” Award, 2004
  • Ladue News Charity of the Year, Civic/Cultural, 2004
  • St. Louis Pediatric Society “Spirit of Children” Award, 2003
  • Urban Health Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, cited as best practice, 2001