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Annie Malone Children & Family Services

2612 Annie Malone Drive • St. Louis, MO 63113

Office: 314-531-0120 | Fax: 314-531-0125

© 2018 Annie Malone Children & Family  Services


SINCE 1994

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Parent Cafe Coming to Annie Malone's Parenting  Program

The Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, is supporting the implementation of Parent Cafes as a resource to create stronger families. Annie Malone will implement the Parent Cafe as part of our Parenting Education Program. We recently held a mock Parent Cafe, with the support of some of our parenting clients, to prepare for full implementation. The video above is from the staff training exercise. We appreciate our parents and staff for participating and providing important feedback.

Annie Malone is gearing up to add a new resource to our Parenting Education Program designed to foster deeper engagement with parents and caregivers on their journey to creating stronger familial relationships. The Parent Cafe process was developed in 2007 by parent leaders from Strengthening Families Illinois who wanted to design a parent-to-parent way to bring the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors to families.

The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors are:

  • Resilience: Parent Resilience

  • Relationships: Positive Social Connections

  • Support: Concrete Support in Times of Need

  • Knowledge: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

  • Communication: Social and Emotional Competence

Parent Cafés are physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and 

peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

 Cafés are structured discussions that use the principles of adult learning and family support. They are highly sustainable with training reinforcement, institutional support, and a commitment to an approach that engages and affirms parents as leaders. Participants leave Parent Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned. You can learn more here.

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is 2019 Legacy Award Honoree

        Gala Fundraiser set for November 15, 2019 at Mahler Ballroom

The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, president & CEO of The Deaconess Foundation and board chair for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), will receive the 2019 Legacy Award at Annie Malone’s 2nd annual Legacy Gala November 15, 2019. Dr. Wilson is a pastor, philanthropist and activist pursuing God's vision of community marked by justice, peace and love.

 The Legacy Gala, hosted by Bayer, will be held at the elegant Mahler Ballroom in the Central West End beginning at 7pm and features a silent auction. Tickets are $125 each. Corporate tables are available now. More information can be found at


​"The Legacy Gala is our way of paying tribute to those organizations and individuals that go above and beyond to advocate for and protect children,” said Sara Lahman Annie Malone CEO. “We are thrilled to honor Dr. Wilson and our other 2019 recipients; their work is inspiring and helps improve the quality of life for children and families across our region."


Annette House,  Regional Director, Missorui Department of Social Services Children's Division, is the 2019 Impact Player

The Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of The Deaconess Foundation,

will receive the 2019 Legacy Award.

Alandon Pitts, founder of Mentors in Motion, is our 2019 Trailblazer honoree.

In addition to the Legacy Award, Annie Malone will also present its Trailblazer Award, and Impact Player Award. Alandon Pitts, founder of Mentors in Motion, will receive the Trailblazer Award for his work with youth. Mentors in Motion (MIM) was founded in 2009 to coordinate and facilitate programming to meet the needs of at risk youth aged from 11-17 years in the St Louis Metropolitan area. MIM reaches and positively guides St. Louis City youth that have potentially run out of choices toward a more positive future.

Annette House, the Regional Director for the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division, will receive the Impact Player Award. House’s career has been in the area of child protection, protecting Missouri’s children from abuse and neglect, helping to 

assure their safety and well-being by partnering with families, communities and government in an ethically, culturally and socially responsible manner. Prior to becoming the Regional Director, House held several positions within the Children’s Division, working her way up to her current position. In 1995 House became one of the first African-American Forensic Interview Specialists in the state with the opening of one of the first Children’s Advocacy Centers in St. Louis. Alderman Samuel Moore, 4th Ward will also be recognized for his longtime support of Annie Malone as will Annie Malone's long-time May Day Parade Marshal Melvin Bell with the Prince Hall Masons, and The Jayson Tatum Foundation.

Alderman  Samuel Moore

Melvin Bell



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Did you know?

In 1886 a group by the name of the Women Temperance Union decided to take on the issue of how “colored orphans” were treated in the St. Louis Community.  In 1888 the

“St. Louis Colored Orphans Home” was organized.

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