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History of ICAN

The Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect was established in 1986 for the purpose of improving our community’s response to child abuse and neglect.  The multi-disciplinary group from over 15 community agencies includes individuals representing law enforcement, the courts, mental health, education, health, and social services.  ICAN serves as a format for improving inter-agency communication and for coordinating our community’s efforts to meet the needs of our county’s children and their families.  ICAN is living proof that together, we can make a difference.

Past and present accomplishments of ICAN include: 

  • Development of a protocol for the investigation of Columbia/Boone County child abuse and neglect cases which has served as a model for other Missouri counties.  The protocol was updated by the group in 2007.
  • Establishment of a case review team that meets regularly to analyze the investigation of local child abuse and neglect cases, in an effort to identify and correct system problems.  The monthly case review is held on the third Tuesday at the CAC.
  • Compilation of a listing of area resources for the psychological treatment of abuse cases to serve as a referral source for school counselors and other providers working with child victims of abuse and neglect.
  • Development of the child fatality review panel prototype (Death Review Team) for Boone County which was subsequently mandated by legislation for each county in Missouri

Current officers:

Dr. Holly Monroe , University Health Care System —Chair
Tom Amolsch, PhD, Burrell Behavioral Health—Treasurer
Janie Bakutes, CAC Director, Rainbow House—Secretary

ICAN meets on the third Thursday in January, March, May, July, September, and November at Rainbow House.