Reporting Abuse is
#Essential4Kids during
the COVID-19 Crisis

Virtual Standing with Children Awards Event
April 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Missouri KidsFirst leads and supports
communities in abuse prevention!

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OUR VISION IS FOR EVERY CHILD TO BE SAFE FROM ABUSE.

Empowering adults to protect children.

SAFE-CARE

Missouri KidsFirst manages the SAFE-CARE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination-Child Abuse Resource and Education) network. SAFE-CARE is Missouri’s medical response to child abuse.

PREVENTION

Although we would like to prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring, we believe that adults must also be educated and empowered to recognize and react responsibly to child abuse.

POLICY

Missouri KidsFirst advocates in the Missouri General Assembly for policies and statewide funding for programs that protect and prioritize the safety and well-being of children.

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

Missouri KidsFirst manages Missouri’s Child Abuse and Neglect, Mandated Reporter Training (free and online). We also provide in person mandated training to organizations for a fee.

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Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst17 hours ago
Parents and caregivers need support. In times of crisis and economic instability, rates of child abuse and neglect rise. This week's installment of the #Essential4Kids Newletter highlights supports for adults caring for children.
Newsletter can be found at: https://conta.cc/2ZYjmMO
Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst19 hours ago
Parents/caregivers, help is a phone call away. Crisis Care/nurseries provides temporary care for children from birth until their 18 birthday whose parents are experiencing a crisis/emergency situation. Providers help with more than child care. They can connect you with resources for housing, food, and other basic needs.

To find the Crisis Care provider in your area, go to:
http://ow.ly/Wzo450zRSj5
#Essential4Kids
Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst4 days ago
Hiring a new sitter means going over your rules. Intentionally setting your house rules based on your family's values and expectations will create safer environments for your children and sitter.

This tool from Darkness to Light can guide your family in coming together to create your own "House Rules".
https://www.d2l.org/family-code-of-conduct/
Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst5 days ago
You leave your number, info on bedtime routines and food- don't forget body safety. Add this list to your sitter checklist.
It might be awkward, but it is creating a safer environment for your child and sitter.
#Essential4Kids
Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst6 days ago
Back to work? My daycare is still closed. All of the summer camps have cancelled. How do I hire a sitter I can trust?
Follow the link from Darkness to Light to find tips to minimize opportunities for abuse when hiring sitters

https://www.d2l.org/tips-minimize-opportunity/
Missouri KidsFirst
Missouri KidsFirst7 days ago
With parents and caregivers able to return to work with the easing of stay at home orders in Missouri, families are left in a bind.

About 45% of licensed day care providers closed their doors during the state stay-at-home orders in Missouri, according to Child Care Aware of Missouri . It’s unknown how many of those child care providers will reopen as workers are asked to return to their jobs.

So, families are left to ask for help from teenagers, family members, neighbors, friends or unlicensed providers. This week Missouri KidsFirst will focus on how parents and caregivers can take proactive steps to build safety into their child care choices.
For the full newsletter go to: https://conta.cc/2TmGAYw
#Essential4Kids

Check us out on Twitter

17 hours ago
Parents and caregivers need support. In times of crisis and economic instability, rates of child abuse and neglect rise. This week's installment of the #Essential4Kids Newletter highlights supports for adults caring for children.
Newsletter can be found @ https://t.co/ghta9t184N https://t.co/JvnB4n1fwx
19 hours ago
Crisis Care/nurseries provides temporary care for children whose parents are experiencing a crisis/emergency situation. Providers can connect you with resources for housing, food, and other basic needs.

For more info go to:
https://t.co/nT3E7PPDY7
#Essential4Kids https://t.co/7NbKLeKa4v
4 days ago
Hiring a new sitter means going over your rules. Intentionally setting your house rules based on your family's values and expectations will create safer environments for your children and sitter.
Create your own "House Rules" here:
https://t.co/1ZlcP2h5qJ
@Darkness2Light https://t.co/KJWfajOxOW
5 days ago
You leave your number, info on bedtime routines and food- don't forget body safety. Add this list to your sitter checklist.
It might be awkward, but it is creating a safer environment for your child and sitter.
#Essential4Kids https://t.co/Ao6CajBkUV
6 days ago
Back to work? My daycare is still closed. All of the summer camps have cancelled. How do I hire a sitter I can trust?
Follow the link to find tips to minimize opportunities for abuse when hiring sitters.

https://t.co/Ji92FC24VA
#Essential4Kids
@Darkness2Light https://t.co/ejVGrptsRK
7 days ago
In Missouri, a return to work leaves families in a bind with child care- teenagers, family members, friends or unlicensed providers are filling the gap. Build safety into you child care choices.
Go to: https://t.co/oKzE7gWToT
#Essential4Kids https://t.co/Ev7alH7U0o

OUR STORY

Missouri KidsFirst primarily leads and supports communities in abuse prevention, provides training to multi-disciplinary team members engaged in child protection, and advocates public policies that address and prevent child abuse.

For immediate help, please call Missouri’s Statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

Missouri KidsFirst is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services.

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520 Dix Road, Suite C
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-632-4600