Great Circle’s Project Thrive focuses on strengthening families and effective parenting

Great Circle’s Project Thrive focuses on strengthening families and effective parenting

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Kirksville, Mo

. (April 8, 2015) - In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April,

Great Circle - Project THRIVE

encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Adair County a better place for children and families.

Research shows that when parents possess five protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth and families are promoted.  The five protective factors are:

  • Parental resilience
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Kristin Rouner, Project THRIVE coordinator.  “Everyone’s participation is critical.  Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

Project THRIVE is a collaborative, community-based initiative working towards strengthening families experiencing high stress and/or meet certain eligibility criteria.  The program is free and voluntary, and is currently supported by the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and Great Circle and serves families in Adair County.

Families participating in the program may be experiencing one or more of the following: 

  • Parents who are experiencing mental health or psychological disorders and have young children;
  • Parents with severe psychological disorders, substance abuse issues, or other at-risk factors that could lead to child abuse and neglect including trauma history;
  • Expectant parents—age 21 or below—with education below a high school diploma;
  • Families with young children born prematurely or have physical or developmental disabilities; or
  • Parents identified as at risk for maltreatment.

Project Thrive coordinates a network of primary care providers, including mental health, social service agencies, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, local government agencies and others, committed to work collaboratively to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to families and eliminate service duplication.

For more information about Project THRIVE, please call Kristin Rouner at (660) 627-2463.

“By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities,” says Rouner.

Editor’s note: According to Missouri Children’s Division FY 2013 Annual Report, there were 290 reported incidents of child abuse and neglect involving 461 children in Adair County.

About CTF:

CTF, Missouri’s non-profit foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education and awareness. In Fiscal Year 2015, CTF awarded over $2.8 million to support 115 community-based organizations with their prevention efforts and to support CTF’s public awareness and parent education campaigns. CTF receives funding from dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on Missouri State Income Tax Return, sales of the specialty CTF “child handprints” license plate, general donations, interest income from the Fund, and a Federal grant.  Established in 1983, CTF has awarded nearly $55 million dollars of non-general revenue funding to support community-based prevention programs throughout Missouri in its 31-year history. For information visit