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    REPORT CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT
    800-392-3738

Kids' Harbor Mission

To provide a safe, caring, child friendly place to evaluate the child who may have been abused; to encourage the collaboration of agencies for the benefit of the child; and to, at all times, lessen the trauma suffered by the child.
 


Resources & Prevention : Kids' Harbor Child Advocacy Center

You should know:

Report Child Abuse 1-800-392-3738

No one has the right to abuse you.

You don't deserve to be abused.

If you are being abused, you are a victim.

It's not your fault that you are being treated this way.

It is wrong that you are suffering this pain, fear or sadness.

You are not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too.

Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won't tell.

There are people who care about you and want to help you.

If you are being abused, please tell a safe person - that's someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parent. You can also talk to a Childhelp USA hotline counselor.

 

Questions Child Protective Services May Ask

How old is the child? 
A 2-year-old, for example, is more vulnerable than a 12-year-old.

Are there physical injuries to be observed? 
Physical injuries will prompt a higher priority investigation.

Is there a protective adult in the home? 
If mom is neglectful but grandma is in the home, the child is less at risk than if the grandmother had not been in the home.

Is the family isolated? 
Are there other people around to observe the child and make a report if there is suspicious behavior?

Is the child in school or day care?
 
If they are then there is a greater chance that someone will be able to notice and report signs of abusive behavior.

Is there a history of abuse/neglect?
 
Beyond past reports, this also includes whether or not the parents have a history of childhood abuse.  This will lead to a higher priority.

Is substance abuse present? 
Substance abusers are at greater risk to abuse.

Is Domestic violence present? 
Domestic violence also leads to greater risk for abuse.

Is the child afraid? 
A child who is afraid to go home will be looked at as a high priority.

Does the child have a handicapping condition?  Is this condition a result of abuse? 
There also may be more stress in the home due to the child’s condition and this is a risk factor leading to increased chance of abuse.

Is the child verbal?

  Is the child going to be able to confirm the report of abuse?

What is the reporter’s relationship to the family?

 
 
 

More Resources & Related Links

Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children
The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children was created in statute during the 2011 Missouri legislative session and was charged with studying and identifying strategies for preventing child sexual abuse. The Task Force met throughout 2012 and conducted four public hearings, receiving testimony from 35 experts in the field of child sexual abuse.

MORE INFORMATION

National Children's Alliance (NCA) empowers local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. 

Missouri KidsFirst
A statewide network of individuals, programs and organizations committed to protecting Missouri’s children by improving the response to child victims and ending the cycle of abuse in our communities.

http://missourikidsfirst.org

Missouri Department of Social Services   The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit (CA/NHU) accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Reports are received through a toll-free telephone line which is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day. http://www.dss.mo.gov/

   
 
   


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