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Missouri child advocacy centers are

RESILIENT!

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the COVID-19 pandemic to continue serving
children and families.

Reporting Abuse is #Essential4Kids

Reporting Abuse is
#Essential4Kids

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Missouri KidsFirst leads and supports
communities in abuse prevention!

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Our vision is for all children to be
treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

Missouri KidsFirst empowers adults to protect children from abuse and neglect through community education, professional training, and child advocacy.

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 KidsFirst4 days ago
This week, The Kansas City Star published a story detailing survivor reports of sexual abuse at a reform school for boys in southwest Missouri. Thank you to the brave survivors who came forward to tell their stories. All survivors of sexual abuse – regardless of gender – deserve to be believed. We believe you.
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Missouri KidsFirst5 days ago
Congratulations to Dennis! A well-deserved honor. Thank you for your career of service. Check out Synergy Services full post to learn more!
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Missouri KidsFirst4 weeks ago
Missouri KidsFirst Legislative Update: #moleg wrapped up on 5/14 and brought home multiple wins for kids! Learn more in our 2021 Legislative Recap: https://conta.cc/3faf38e
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Missouri KidsFirst1 month ago
Congratulations to our Sedalia CAC Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc. on the grand opening of their new Child Advocacy Center location at 3309 West Main Street! 👏 👏

Child Safe opened its doors in 2000 to provide forensic interviews to children who were suspected victims of abuse. Since that time, they have expanded services to include advocacy, mental health services, education and community outreach. To date over 7,000 children have received their services.

The facility is amazing and their team, led by Mari Asbury, is even more so. Missouri KidsFirst's Board President Jack Jensen & Interim Executive Director Jessica Seitz-Fanning were on site for the ribbon cutting. We could not be more proud of Child Safe.
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Missouri KidsFirst1 month ago
House Bill 557 has been Truly Agreed and Finally Passed! Missouri KidsFirst is grateful for the resounding support by #moleg to protect children from abuse in unlicensed residential facilities. Special thanks to our champions Rudy Veit, Keri Ingle and Sen Bill White. This issue had gone unaddressed in our state for decades and it took courage and commitment by our legislature to get it over the finish line. #moleg
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Missouri KidsFirst1 month ago
Missouri KidsFirst’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jessica Seitz has stepped in as the Interim Executive Director of the agency, effective May 5, 2021. Jessica has been the Director of Public Policy for three and a half years and is wrapping up her fourth legislative session with our agency. Please join us in welcoming Jessica into this new role. We are confident she will continue to support Missouri KidsFirst’s leadership of the network of Missouri Child Advocacy Centers, the SAFE-CARE Network and Prevent Child Abuse Missouri during this transition.

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3 days ago
NDAA is thrilled that @SenatorDurbin & @LindseyGrahamSC are bringing the #VOCAFIX Act to the Senate floor today! We encourage our friends in the Senate to pass the bill unanimously to ensure survivors and victim service programs receive the support they deserve! https://t.co/iqECq0IxP1
1 week ago
"VOCA grants are facing catastrophic cuts. Without swift action... thousands of Americans will be unable to access life saving services... These programs have never been more important. We cannot leave victims without support."- @RepAnnWagner https://t.co/ZD0AGIaIYs #VOCAFix
2 weeks ago
Earlier this year, @MassAGO and @SCAttyGenOffice published an op-ed supporting the #VOCAFix to sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 in @RollCall.

Learn more about how AGs are working together to end the #Crisis4Victims: https://t.co/inP40bgkyp
2 weeks ago
Victim services have already lost $500M this year due to inaction on the #VOCAFix. We call on @SenSchumer & @LeaderMcConnell to bring the House-passed bill for a vote. Missouri KidsFirst thanks our US Senators @RoyBlunt & @HawleyMO for their support. https://t.co/C47SjGnJ0U

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