Voices of Caring – Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center
About the Annie Malone Center’s Mission:
To improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and the community, by providing social services, educational programs, advocacy and entrepreneurship.
Every thirty seconds a child experiences abuse and or neglect in Missouri. Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4. It is estimated that between 60-85% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. Abuse can happen because a parent is overwhelmed with stress or does not know proper parenting skills. Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center, a United Way member agency has been improving the lives of children and families for well over one hundred years. During the month of April and every month our programs and services are “Making Lives Better”.
The Annie Malone Center’s Values:
- All children deserve a new beginning
- Prevent Child abuse and neglect to help children grow up in a safe and secure environment.
- Decrease chronic youth homelessness by helping children and youth transition from dependency to self sufficiency.
- Educate Students with learning and behavioral disabilities that encourages positive self esteem and self worth
- Reduce parental stress by helping parents effectively nurture their children.
How to get involved?
- Sponsor events and programs
- Support the events
Programs and Services:
Crisis Care and Emergency Residential Placement:
Services provides a safe 24 hour environment designed with intervention measures to immediately alleviate crisis by providing emergency shelter, food, clothing, educational needs, conflict resolution, emergency medical attention and counseling referrals to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program helps to reduce parental stress, improve family communication skills, and prevent future crisis.
Transitional Living Program: (TLP) helps youth aging out of foster care become self-sufficient. Female participants, ages 16 to 18, are provided residency in a group home setting and learn basic life skills for independent living. The 12 to 18 month program requires participants to work toward career planning, develop budgeting and financial skills, decision-making, goal-setting and problem-solving. Older participants, male and female, ages 19 to 21 reside in our scattered site apartments, where they are provided an opportunity to demonstrate their independence with guided support and resources.
Emerson Academy Therapeutic School: promotes successful learning behaviors and outcomes for students referred by the St. Louis Public School Board of Education, grades K-12 with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s). Students that are successful with therapeutic programming will be able to return to their regular school environment. Students progress to the next academic level and many times graduate with a high school diploma. Experiences such as gardening, educational and recreational field trips, library services, computer lab, and music therapy contribute to the success of the students.
Parenting Education: offers a free 10 or 16 week community based program providing instruction to re-establish and promote healthy relationships between parents and children. The course is designed to help prevent child abuse, improve communication skills and successfully raise and appropriately discipline children.
Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center is here to help children and families faced with difficult situations. We are a 24 hour facility.
Data and outcomes show the agency is making a positive impact in the lives of its clients. For example:
- Crisis and Respite Services – 82% of parents decreased levels of stress
- Transitional Living Program – 77% of participants improved life skills development
- Emerson Academy Therapeutic School – 67% improved math and reading skills by one grade level
- Parenting Education – 77% showed improved scores on pre- and post-test assessments
In observance of National Child Abuse and Prevention Month, April 1 – April 30, join Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center in the prevention against child abuse and neglect. For more information about all of our programs and services and how you may get involved, please visit our website, Annie Malone or call 314-531-0120.