St. Louis County Courts

AIKW 17 – Kids In The Middle – Divorce Counseling & Resources

Kids In The Middle
Interview with Katy Walter, Chief Program Officer

www.kidsinthemiddle.org
Instagram: @kidsinthemiddle_stl
(314)909-9922 (ask to speak to a clinical coordinator)

Mission
Kids In The Middle empowers children, parents and families during and after divorce through counseling, education and support.

Promise
KIds In The Middle promises healthier futures for children of divorced families.

Kids In The Middle opened its doors in 1977, providing group counseling for children whose parents were separated, divorced or remarried. Since that time, our services have expanded to serving the whole family, including parents. Kids In The Middle has an unparalleled base of knowledge and relevant experience offering the most comprehensive, expert counseling in the field.

Kids In The Middle has a passion for helping children. Kids In The Middle knows that children of divorce adjust much better when they are able to share their feelings with other children. Kids In The Middle also know that children cope more effectively when their parents are involved. By working with parents, Kids In The Middle helps them settle themselves emotionally and learn how to help their children. Most importantly, Kids In The Middle help parents reduce conflict, communicate and co-parent to provide their kids with safe, loving homes. Parents need not have been married to utilize our services.

Families come to Kids In The Middle not only during the divorce process. They also find the services helpful even after many years have passed. Kids In The Middle provides a safe, confidential and objective place for children and parents to work through family transition issues.

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AIKW 16 – Children’s Service Fund

Interview with Emily Koenig, Executive Director

www.keepingkidsfirst.org
Behavioral Health Response (BHR) Hotline Numbers
(314)628-2929, or
Text 4HLP to 31658

Starting in 2005 and continuing over the next couple of years, many communities across Missouri experienced reduced funding in mental health and substance use treatment services for children and youth due to budget cuts at the state and federal level. Recognizing the needs of children and families in St. Louis County, a coalition of committed local nonprofit agencies and community supporters decided to address the growing problem.

An independent needs assessment was commissioned which provided the data St. Louis County voters needed to support the initiative. Using Missouri State Statutes RSMo 67.1775 and 210.861, which allowed local communities to create a community children’s service fund for ten specific behavioral health service areas through a referendum, the St. Louis County Putting Kids First Campaign was launched in 2008.

Putting Kids First, also known as Proposition 1, passed on November 4, 2008 with a resounding 62% of St. Louis County voters’ approval.

Today, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is the largest children’s service fund in the state of Missouri, generating approximately $42 million annually through a quarter cent sales tax.

Since the first allocation in 2010, CSF has invested over $300 million in local nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide behavioral health services for children and youth in the county. Through collaboration and partnership, CSF ensures children and youth have the support and resources they need to achieve their potential.

The Children’s Service Fund’s Mission:
To improve the lives of children, youth, and families in St. Louis County by strategically investing in the creation and maintenance of an integrated system of care that delivers effective and quality mental health and substance abuse services.

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AIKW 15 – Mentor Program of St. Louis County Court

The St. Louis County Circuit Court has recognized the value and need for positive role model interaction with adolescents who are under the Court’s supervision. By becoming a Mentor, you can help a young person make a successful transition into adulthood.

A Mentor is an adult, (21 years of age or older) who is willing to listen, give support, and spend quality time with a youth age 12-16 on a consistent basis. Through demonstration, instruction, and encouragement, a Mentor works with the youth to develop their self-esteem, positive attitudes, and socially appropriate behaviors.

Interview with Marlon Chambers (Mentor Program Specialist), Rod Scott (Mentor) and “Martin” (Mentee).

To volunteer, or for more information about the Court’s Mentor Program, call (314)615-4400.
Visit our website for more information: www.stlcountycourts.com

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AIKW 14 – Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Samantha Stangl, Programs Manager
samantha@clark-fox.com
www.clarkfoxstl.com
www.blueprintforsummer.com

Founded in 2004, the Clark-Fox Family Foundation supports the growth and prosperity of the St. Louis metropolitan region through research, program development and investments in PK-12, higher education, public health, immigration, social justice and racial equity, community leadership, and entrepreneurship. The Foundation prioritizes programs and investments that empower the end user and leverage each other for broader access and greater impact for our children and community.

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AIKW 13 – Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL)

LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED due to language regarding reproductive body part identification and discussions about trauma and abuse.


Linda McQuary, MSW, Assistant Director
•University of Missouri-St. Louis, South Campus 314-516-6798
(GPS Coordinates: 38.7038498,-90.3079441)
•Kirkwood 314-516-8300
•West Pine 314-516-4088

Giving Children Voices. Helping Families Heal.

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) is a University-based, multidisciplinary center that provides high-quality trauma-focused services to youth, families, and the community. CASGSL promotes resiliency, physical safety, and emotional stability through comprehensive research, forensic, clinical, educational, and advocacy programming.

CASGSL serves children impacted by all types of traumatic events including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. CASGSL also serves witnesses of domestic abuse and violent crime and children who have suffered accidents, natural disasters, and traumatic bereavement. CASGSL also have therapies for children with sexual behavior issues and who are difficult to manage at home and school.

CASGSL provides child-sensitive forensic interviews and individual, family and group counseling.

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AIKW 12 – MERS Goodwill

Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work. Esther Williams, Assistant Vice President, discusses adolescent programming and Mark Arens, Executive Vice President, discusses programs available to adults.

MERS Goodwill
www.mersgoodwill.org
1727 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Main: (314)241-3464

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AIKW 11 – St. Vincent Home for Children – Dr. Courtney Graves

St. Vincent Home for Children helps youth facing significant life challenges through love, security and therapeutic supports that enable them to improve their lives and the community. St. Vincent provides trauma groups, psycho-education, art therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and residential care services.

Call St. Vincent Home for Children at (314)261-6011
Visit their website at: www.saintvincenthome.org
Drop in or mail to: 7401 Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63121

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Episode 10 – STL County Juvenile Detention Center

St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center
Cheryl Campbell, Director
Kellie Landaker, Assistant Director

www.stlcountycourts.com
(314)615-4400

Hear about what it’s like inside the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center. The Detention Center provides for the safe and secure custody of juveniles alleged to have committed an offense that brings them within the jurisdiction of the Court. These juveniles are detained only if it is believed that they present a threat to themselves or the community. They remain in detention until the Court hears their case or until appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

The Detention Center provides for the basic needs of its residents: shelter, food, clothing and medical care. But just as importantly, the Center’s staff provides a wide range of support services intended to help promote the juvenile’s physical, social and emotional development. These services include drug and alcohol counseling, arts and crafts, mental health screening and counseling, self-help programs, educational and vocational services, fitness sessions, voluntary religious services, recreational programs and many other activities.

The Department of Health of St. Louis County provides a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner and visiting physician. The Center’s medical program is accredited through the National Commission on Correctional Health. The Episcopal City Mission provides Chaplains for the Center who, with volunteer staff, offer counseling, grief groups, enrichment programs and voluntary religious services to residents. The Court’s Family and Clinical Services Department has a staff member housed in detention five days a week and contracts for services on evenings and weekends to provide coverage seven days a week and late evening hours five days a week.

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Episode 9 – Captain Guy Means STL County Police

Captain Guy Means, Commander, 1st Precinct
St. Louis County Police Department

www.stlouiscountypolice.com

Captain Guy Means talks about his experience with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and how the he and his Precinct are partnering with the St. Louis County Court.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Begun two decades ago as a pilot project to reduce reliance on local confinement of court-involved youth, the JDAI change model is now operating in nearly 300 counties nationwide, dramatically reducing detention facility populations.

Detention is a crucial early phase in the juvenile court process. Placement into a locked detention center pending court significantly increases the odds that youth will be found delinquent and committed to corrections facilities and can seriously damage their prospects for future success.
Yet many detained youth pose little or no threat to public safety.

When the Foundation launched JDAI as a pilot project in the early 1990s, overreliance on detention was widespread and growing nationwide. Using a model rooted in eight core strategies, JDAI proved effective in helping participating jurisdictions safely reduce their detention populations. Based on its success, JDAI has been adopted by an ever-growing number of jurisdictions, leading to dramatic declines in detention populations.

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Episode 8 – Metropolitan Congregations United

Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU)
Margaret Davis, Juvenile Justice Chair

www.mcustlouis.org
(314)651-7574

Metropolitan Congregations United is a community organization that brings together religious congregations, community groups, and individuals to work for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents. The Ferguson experience continues to crystallize for us the center of our work: the intersection of race, economy, political power, gender and the structures of oppression at work within us individually, within our organizations and within the community of the St. Louis region.

MCU strives to be an organization which is the platform for faithful confrontation of the powers, conversion of systems and individuals, and expression of true community of shared self-interest. Each person’s inherent dignity is celebrated by their shared investment in building community, toward a more just and equitable region.

As an affiliate of the Gamaliel Network, we have joined our partners around the country to work towards four structural shifts.
1. Build people’s control of government
2. Build community control of the economy
3. Expand the public sphere (for example, public transportation)
4. Create structural racial equity

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