Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

Vision for Children at Risk is committed to protecting the privacy and security of our website users. We want to assure you that we do not collect any personal information from a visitor to our site unless that visitor explicitly and intentionally provides it. If you are simply browsing our site, we do not gather any personal information about you.

Information Gathered

Information gathered through this site is used to monitor usage of this site and to respond to your requests. There are several ways in which you affirmatively provide Vision for Children at Risk with, and consent to our collection and use of certain personal information. By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of the information described below.

Information We Automatically Collect and Receive

Some information is automatically collected when you visit As with many websites, we may use server logs, cookies, metadata, and/or geocodes to monitor usage of the site and to provide a better experience to our website visitors. This information does not identify you personally.

The information automatically collected may include, but is not limited to:

  • the domain name of your Internet Service Provider and/or your computer
  • the IP address from which you access our website
  • your browser type (e.g., Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox)
  • your operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac, Android)
  • the type of device you are using
  • the date and time you accessed our site
  • location data
  • the pages you visited, as well as any applications or forms used, and
  • the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the webpage that linked you to our Services.

We collect this information in order to help us better analyze and improve the user experience of visitors to our website. This information allows us to learn how many visitors we have, where they are coming from, and which of our programs and/or services are of most interest to users. We analyze website traffic in various ways, including using third-party services.

Use of Cookies

The use of cookies is a standard practice among websites. We use a combination of cookies in order to help us analyze data about website traffic and to improve the overall user experience when visiting our website. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Most internet web browsers can be customized to reject cookies, to only accept or reject cookies by user intervention, or to delete cookies. However, rejecting and/or removing cookies may lead to loss of functionality on selected pages requiring cookies to function fully.

Personal Information You Provide Us

We do not automatically collect e-mail addresses or other personal information unless you explicitly provide it to us. We value the privacy of the information you furnish such as your name, organization, telephone number, e-mail address, and postal address. We do not share this information with any third parties.

E-mail addresses may be used to distribute subsequent e-mail communications about Vision for Children at Risk events and activities. In these cases, the recipient will always have the opportunity to “unsubscribe” or request removal from future e-mail communications.

If you provide us with your postal address, you may receive periodic mailings from Vision for Children at Risk. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please contact us by mail at 1000 N. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63113, or by phone at (314) 534-6015, or by e-mail at Please provide your full name, mailing address, and a sentence requesting suppression of your personal information in our files.


From time-to-time Vision for Children at Risk may request information from website users via survey. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice as to whether or not to participate in the survey and disclose the requested information.

Third-party Services

Vision for Children at Risk uses certain third-parties for specific services, like:

  • web traffic monitoring and website optimization
  • form submissions
  • financial transactions


Vision for Children at Risk only uses trusted, reputable third-party services.  However, please note that whenever you use a third-party service, you are also agreeing to that service’s Privacy Policy.

Links to Other Websites

Our website may contain links to other relevant websites. We include these links to other websites in good faith.  However, you should be aware that once you click on these links and leave our site, we do not have any control over the other websites. Therefore, Vision for Children at Risk and is not responsible for the privacy practices, privacy statements or content of these other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of other sites.

Content Disclaimer

Vision for Children at Risk strives to provide the most accurate, current, and reliable information on our website. This is particularly true of the child well-being data we track and collect and make available to the public in various ways through our website. Vision for Children at Risk believes this data should provide the foundation for informed, strategic, collaborative community action. We encourage the use of the information and data found on our website for efforts that are directed towards addressing inequities and improving the well-being of children and families.  Vision for Children at Risk provides this data and information in good faith. However, we cannot be liable for any omissions or inaccuracies of any of the information found on our website.


We are committed to ensuring that all personally identifiable information that we receive from our website visitors is secure. Please be assured that we have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of any information we receive from you. However, as with any transmission over the internet there is always some element of risk involved in sending personal information. In order to minimize this risk we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

If We Are Required to Disclose Information by Law

Under certain circumstances we may be required by law to disclose certain information to law enforcement authorities. We may also choose to disclose certain information to law enforcement without being required to do so depending on the situation. For example, if someone were to send threatening information through an e-mail form on the website.

Children’s Information

Our website is intended for use by adults. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. However, we also do not try to determine whether a visitor is underage, therefore users should be aware that personally identifiable information submitted to by minors will be treated as information given by an adult.

By using the Vision for Children at Risk website, you consent to the information detailed above. Additionally, users of our website agree that this Policy will be enforced according to the laws of the United States of America and the state of Missouri.  The sole jurisdiction and venue for the resolution of any dispute arising from or relating to this Policy will be the state and federal courts located within the state of Missouri and St. Louis City county. Any changes to this policy will be posted prior to their implementation.

This policy is current as of December 2020.

Shelnise Ellis
Program Coordinator: System of Care

Shelnise joined the VCR family in 2020 and serves as the System of Care Intake Specialist. She works alongside organizations providing behavioral health services to children, families and caregivers, and the community to help encourage a smooth intake process.

Outside of VCR Shelnise is completing her Master’s in Social Work degree. She enjoys spending time with her family doing art projects, dancing, cooking, and swimming.

Isaac McBride, MS
Education Coordinator: Project LAUNCH

Isaac connected with VCR because of our prevention work with children and families. Having worked on the intervention side previously, he truly sees the importance and impact of prevention and early intervention. Isaac joined the team in 2020 as our Education Coordinator with Project LAUNCH. He collaborates with school and community partners to strengthen families, promote early childhood screening and education, and support educators in meeting the needs of families.

Outside of VCR Isaac enjoys being outside with his significant other and dog, jiu jitsu, reading, and playing games with his brother. Isaac also loves to cook and bake and has some pretty great skills thanks to his mother. He is notorious for modifying the recipe every time.

Sanaria Sulaiman, MA
Executive Director

Sanaria became Executive Director of Vision for Children at Risk in 2018, leading VCR’s efforts to promote the well-being of children, youth, and families. She joined Vision for Children at Risk in 2013 as director of Project LAUNCH, a federally funded program to improve young child wellness in north St. Louis. The success of Project LAUNCH allowed VCR to secure three new federal grants, all aimed at supporting families. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of VCR and overseeing the federal grants, Sanaria also serves on the board of Kids Win Missouri.

Outside of work at VCR, Sanaria loves to travel around the world with her two beautiful children to learn about different cultures, learn different languages, and try new food.

Jawana Hammonds, MSW​
Director of Family Support Services

Jawana first connected with VCR through the Project LAUNCH initiative as a council member and joined the staff team in 2020. As the Director of Family Support Services, she oversees our team of Family Support Partners walking alongside parents and families who are connecting to and navigating mental health services. Jawana also works to build and strengthen our collaborative partnerships to best support these families and strengthen the systems of support.

Outside of VCR Jawana enjoys listening to music and fashion design.

Kate Kasper, JD
PACT-STL Project Director

Kate joined VCR officially in 2020 after several years of being a strong partner in the work. She now oversees the work of Parents and Children Together St. Louis (PACT-STL), a federally funded initiative through the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). Kate is leading this initiative focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that prevent child maltreatment, reduce entry into the public child welfare system, and enhance overall well-being outcomes of children and families.

Outside of VCR you might find Kate enjoying dance infused exercise such as Zumba and Buti Yoga, or you might find her cheering on her son playing hockey.

Anita Blagajcevic, MSW
Compliance Coordinator

Anita first connected with VCR by utilizing the CMSL Data Book, finding the data impactful and helpful. Anita later joined the VCR team in 2018 to focus on improving access to and coordination of early childhood screenings. She now serves as VCR’s Compliance Coordinator, helping manage the applications, data, and reporting for our federal and local grants.

Outside of VCR Anita enjoys spending time with her husband and family. If she’s not doing that, you can find her watching reality TV and pretending she’s viewing it through an anthropological lens.

Alicia D. Hall, M. Ed., LPC, NCC
Behavioral Health Coordinator: Project LAUNCH

Alicia joined VCR’s team in 2020, already familiar with and connected to VCR’s collaborative efforts and MO Project LAUNCH (2012). As the Project LAUNCH Behavioral Health Coordinator, Alicia drives our work integrating behavioral health into primary care health and early care and education. She works to increase and integrate the use of screening tools and mental health consultation for children’s well-being.

Outside of VCR Alicia enjoys anything outdoors in the sun with a special appreciation for the Caribbean. She loves eating and trying new restaurants, travel, sand in her feet, water, and blue skies. Alicia also enjoys spending time with family and her grandchildren that keep her young.

Liz Hoester
Data & Research Coordinator

Liz, a VCR team member since 2007, coordinates the overall data and research functions for the agency. This includes production of the Children of Metropolitan St. Louis Data Book (CMSL) as well as community assessments and special reports on key policy issues for community organizations and collaborative groups. She also provides customized child well-being focused data to various entities including local foundations, legislators, and numerous community initiatives and organizations. These data are used in everything from securing grants to informing funding and policy decisions. 

Outside of VCR Liz enjoys exploring her neighborhood by foot and the city by bike.

Breann (Bree) Schubert, MSW
Communications Coordinator

Bree joined VCR in 2015 as the Project LAUNCH Activities Coordinator. Since that time, Bree’s role has shifted, but she remains dedicated and motivated by the mission of VCR. She now serves as VCR’s Communication Coordinator and loves being able to help share the story of VCR (alongside all of our awesome partners and families) working toward child well-being.

Outside of VCR Bree and her family can be found playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, and learning and advocating alongside their church family.

April Young
Family Engagement Specialist: Project LAUNCH

April was first introduced to VCR as a parent engaging in Parent Cafés. She joined the VCR family in 2020, connecting and building relationships with parents and caregivers of children 0-8 years old in St. Louis City. April is a Family Engagement Specialist with Project LAUNCH, walking alongside parents and caregivers, connecting them to helpful resources and supporting them as they strengthen their family.

Outside of VCR April enjoys being crafty, doing hair and nails, and having family time with her daughters.

Ruth Ehresman
Interim PACT-STL Director

Ruth was a VCR Board member before fully joining the VCR family in 2013. She started out coordinating the Family and Community Partnership (now known as St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network), served as the VCR Advocacy Coordinator for many years, and is now serving as our Interim PACT-STL Director. Ruth oversees the work of Parents and Children Together St. Louis (PACT-STL), a federally funded initiative through the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). She is leading this initiative focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that prevent child maltreatment, reduce entry into the public child welfare system, and enhance overall well-being outcomes of children and families.

Outside of VCR Ruth enjoys reading, playing the piano and flute, playing tennis, and spoiling her dog.

Sam Blue
Family Engagement Specialist: Project LAUNCH

Sam joined VCR in 2013 as a MO Project LAUNCH team member and is now serving as a Lead Family Engagement Specialist with St. Louis Project LAUNCH. He helps connect families to resources and opportunities, and to think strategically about how they can strengthen their family. Sam leads the Parent Cafes and is a certified trainer.

Outside of VCR Sam enjoys being in nature, gardening, building connections with others, and spending time with his family.

Mia Daugherty
Family Support Partner: System of Care

Mia was first introduced to VCR when a friend invited her to a Community Café. She had heard the cafés were impactful and looks back now to say that it truly was life changing! She sees a real opportunity for positive change by the way these cafés center the conversations of change around community voice.

At the end of 2019 Mia joined the VCR family. She now serves as a Family Support Partner for the System of Care, bringing life experience, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, energy, and passion to supporting families navigating behavioral health needs.

Outside of VCR you might find Mia and her daughter roller skating and also embracing all the wonderful and exciting events in the St. Louis area.

Gabriel (Gabe) Desince
Family Engagement Specialist: PACT-STL

Gabriel joined VCR at the end of 2019 as a Family Engagement Specialist with PACT-STL. He is passionate about connecting with families and ensuring they have access to the resources that support their wellness.

Outside of VCR Gabriel is known as a published author (he loves writing and performing poetry), enjoys cooking and photography, serves his community by teaching the older generation how to use technology, and is a huge music and movie buff.

Katina (Tina) Johnson
Family Engagement Specialist: PACT-STL​

Katina joined VCR in 2019 excited and motivated to help families, parents, and children by sharing her life experiences, prior work experience, and her education. She serves as a Family Engagement Specialist through PACT-STL, which involves connecting with families throughout the community to reduce entry into foster care. She helps connect families to the resources that can help families be their best version of themselves.

Outside of VCR Katina enjoys spending time with her four boys, expressing their spiritual beliefs, and networking and meeting new people from all walks of life.

Connie Rigas
Family Support Partner: System of Care

Connie joined VCR in 2020 as a Family Support Partner for the System of Care (SOC). She brings professional training to her work, as well as personal experiences from raising her daughter. She walks alongside families in their journey navigating behavioral health and social emotional supports for their child(ren).

Outside of VCR Connie enjoys reading, planting flowers and herbs, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kayia Shelton
Family Engagement Specialist: PACT-STL

Kayia was invited to join the very first Parent Café that Project LAUNCH hosted. She was so moved by what she saw and experienced that she began to volunteer with Project LAUNCH and became trained to serve as a café host.

Then in 2019, Kayia officially joined the VCR family. She now serves as a Family Engagement Specialist to reach out and engage with parents and children in order to reduce entry into the foster care system. She works hard to ensure she can connect families to appropriate resources through warm handoffs.

Outside of VCR Kayia can be found enjoying time with her family!

Nathan Ivy, MA
Project LAUNCH Director

Nathan joined the VCR team in 2020 to lead Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative that promotes the well-being of young children in St. Louis City. His connections to VCR started many years prior to this. Nathan first engaged with VCR back in the 90’s when he served as a Social Services Manager. The strategies he used with students and their parents were developed from the Kids Count Data Book. Nathan also had the unique opportunity to have VCR’s former Executive Director and founder, Richard Patton, as his mentor in Graduate School.

Outside of VCR Nathan enjoys dining out, giving back through mentorship opportunities, relaxing, and worshipping God.