The goal of Child Advocacy Day is to bring advocates from across the state together to urge legislators to support policies and programs that support and uplift children and families in Missouri. Attendees are given the chance to better inform themselves on the issues through workshops and networking before meeting with their Senators and Representatives to advocate for the hot topics of the day.


Missouri Child Advocacy Day was founded in 1982 by the Missouri Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families. The Alliance was created as an outgrowth of the Child Welfare Task Force of the Governor’s Conference on Children and Youth. It began with the goal of serving as a statewide network of citizens and community-based organizations tasked with improving coordination and communication among child and family well-being advocates in the state.

Planning Committee

Representatives from child advocacy organizations and individual citizens committed to advocacy comprise the membership of the volunteer planning committee. A new chair is selected every two years to lead the committee and the planning of the event. Below is a listing of the current committee membership:

Casey Hanson
Kids Win Missouri, Chair

Brian Schmidt
Kids Win Missouri, Chair

Craig Stevenson
Kids Win Missouri, Chair

Ed Bryant
United Way of Greater St. Louis

Michelle Witthaus
Generate Health St. Louis

Candace Cheatem
Kansas City School District

Paula Cunningham
Missouri Children’s Trust Fund

Tracy Greever-Rice
Missouri Kids Count

Shauna Kerperin
Missouri Parents as Teacher Association

Alicia Noddings
Missouri Baptist University

Linda Rallo

Michael Shultz
Deaconess Foundation

Pamela Speer
Missouri Accreditation

Alison Gee
Parents as Teacher National Center

Molly Imming
Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance

Molly Ticknor
Show Me School-Based Health Alliance

Lisa Thompson
Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children