Congratulations to Carrie Bolm, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF) new President and CEO! She will lead the organization’s overall strategic direction through a partnership of agencies. Carrie will assure quality programs are provided while maintaining fiscal accountability, and looks forward to working with the executive team to achieve these goals.
LeAnn Haslag, dedicated child and family advocate, is retiring from MCCA member, Missouri Alliance for Children and Families (MA-CF), this month. In addition to her tireless work to improve the outcomes for children and families connected to Missouri foster care, LeAnn is a committed ally to colleagues and partner organizations, always making time to help others help families.
Prior to joining MA-CF as CEO in 2013, she was with the State of Missouri for 28 years. As a part of Missouri’s Children’s Division for 23 years, her accomplishments included drafting the first Performance Based Foster Care Case Management contract and assisting with the implementation of this public-private partnership. While with the Office of the State Court Administrator, she assisted with the implementation of the initial Fostering Court Improvement sites.
Lawmakers in both the Missouri House and Senate have pre-filed bills that would expand health coverage for children living with developmental disabilities.
The bills – HB 399 in the House and SB 45 in the Senate – would make it so children living with conditions such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy would be covered under health plans in Missouri. Currently, Missouri requires health plans to cover those inside the Autism spectrum.
Children in foster care in Missouri are far more likely to age out of state care than to find permanent homes, according to a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Approximately 13,000 children live under the care of the state of Missouri, and about one-quarter of them are age 14 or older. Older children typically face troubling odds when waiting for adoption – the average age of a child awaiting adoption in the United States is about 7, according to Adoption Network.