Reporting Abuse is
#Essential4Kids During Social Distancing

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 KidsFirst2 weeks ago
Missouri KidsFirst is a delighted to be a gold co-sponsor of Empower Missouri's 2020 Racial Equity Summit: An Online Gathering of Advocates THIS Friday, November 20 from 12-2 PM. Registration is free and we encourage you to join us. Register for the Online Summit today!

Empower MO is a longtime friend and partner, particularly in our policy and advocacy work. The summit’s keynote speaker is Rev. Starsky Wilson. Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is a pastor, philanthropist and activist, current president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation and incoming president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund. Rev. Dr. Wilson is a national thought leader in racial justice, community organizing, and movement building.
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Missouri KidsFirst2 weeks ago
Internet safety and monitoring is not about prying or spying. It is about being an involved parent! As adults, we must take the necessary steps to keep children and teens safe. Remember, the best line of defense is to communicate with your child. Honest, open conversations become a two-way street for sharing dangers and behaviors that increase risk and allow your child a safe place and time to discuss their online behaviors with you. If your child does encounter unsafe behavior online (such as malicious messages or inappropriate pictures or material), report the activity to your local law enforcement or the Cybertipline at 800-843-5678. #Essential4Kids #internetsafetyforkids
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Missouri KidsFirst3 weeks ago
With more schools returning to virtual learning, check out our #Essential4Kids flyer for school professionals which includes tips for protecting kids virtually. One tip? Let students know you are a supportive, caring adult in their lives by checking in regularly and providing encouraging messages. Thank you to all of our educators for continuing to support our children during these challenging times! Educators are #Essential4Kids
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Missouri KidsFirst3 weeks ago
Please join our very own Jenny Dodson-Weihl, Authorized Stewards of Children Facilitator THIS Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30pm for a free (virtual) Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training sponsored by The Novel Neighbor bookstore in Webster Groves, Missouri!

Spots are limited so register TODAY at

One in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18. Stewards of Children was created by Darkness to Light, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally available program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. This training goes beyond mandatory reporting training to empower adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly if they suspect abuse.

Interested in a virtual training for your community or organization? Contact Jenny at
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Missouri KidsFirst will join our #moleg child advocacy partners at tomorrow's hearing. It will be live streamed:

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Happening today at 12 PM! Sign up now!
Empower Missouri @EmpowerMissouri
You still have time to sign up for our Racial Equity Summit tomorrow.

Registration is FREE!
1 week ago
During stay-at-home orders, about 30% of sexually abused kids are quarantined with their abuser. This kept us awake at night. That's why we developed our newest training, Protecting Children During a Crisis... and did we mention it's free?
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2 weeks ago
We are delighted to be a gold sponsor of @EmpowerMissouri's 2020 Racial Equity Summit Friday from 12-2 PM. The summit’s keynote speaker is @RevDrStarsky, currently of @deaconessfound & incoming president/CEO @ChildDefender. Registration is free. Join us!
3 weeks ago
Missouri KidsFirst will join our #moleg child advocacy partners tomorrow at the Capitol for a hearing on child abuse occurring in unlicensed residential facilities across our state. It will be live streamed:
4 weeks ago
Visit our 2020 Election Resources page to find a voter guide compiled by our policy team to help you better understand the issues that impact our nation’s children and families and make your own decisions on the ballot.
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Tomorrow is Election Day! If you haven't already voted, do you have a plan for voting? Being an informed voter is a crucial step in the voting process. Check out @PCAAmerica's 2020 Voter Guide for information on this year's election:


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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Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-632-4600