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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.

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 KidsFirst1 day 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 KidsFirst2 days 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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Missouri KidsFirst3 days ago
Are you ready to join a courageous community of advocates leading child sexual abuse prevention efforts in their communities? Become a Stewards of Children Authorized Facilitator!
Find out more at https://conta.cc/3h389Tn
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Missouri KidsFirst2 weeks ago
THANK YOU! For joining Missouri KidsFirst this month for Child Abuse Prevention month to help create positive childhood experiences. You and your community are essential to creating better tomorrows for all children! #Essential4Kids #GrowingBetterTogether #CAPM
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Missouri KidsFirst2 weeks ago
Our Victim & Family Advocate, Ashlay Berry, decorated 5 points park with our prevention pinwheels. While Child Abuse Prevention Month is coming to a close, we know our responsibilty to protect kids never stops. As a parent, neighbor, teacher, or friend, each of us has a part to play in preventing child abuse. #Essential4Kids #ChildAbusePreventionMonth
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Missouri KidsFirst2 weeks ago
Learn more about forensic interviews conducted at Child Advocacy Centers. This important process creates a safe space for children to tell their stories. #Essential4Kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4TiPe9Gsc8
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Watch as Maren Mellem, Manager of Forensic Services for Child Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, explains how CACs conduct forensic interviews with chil...

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1 day ago
BREAKING: 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: @VeitRudy @RepKeriIngle & Sen. White https://t.co/CC6jtGvmGR
1 day ago
House Bill 557, which would require regulations like background checks and registration for unlicensed youth residential facilities, has been sent to @GovParsonMO's desk by a vote of 147-1 with an emergency clause.

Background: https://t.co/AngRFMvnfl #MoLeg
2 days ago
Missouri KidsFirst’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jessica Seitz has stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director. Jessica has served as our Director of Public Policy and is wrapping up her 4th #moleg session. Join us in welcoming her into this new role! https://t.co/tmmoupSIhG
3 days ago
Are you ready to join a courageous community of advocates leading child sexual abuse prevention efforts in their communities? Become a Stewards of Children Authorized Facilitator!
Find out more at https://t.co/muq8nWYoyk https://t.co/19XzK51bGb
3 days ago
Missouri KidsFirst's top priority legislation HB 557 & 560 are being taken up by the full Senate right now! #moleg https://t.co/TVbDVRMsl9
2 weeks ago
THANK YOU! For joining Missouri KidsFirst this Child Abuse Prevention month, and every day, to help create positive childhood experiences. You and your community are essential to creating better tomorrows for all children! #Essential4Kids #GrowingBetterTogether #CAPM https://t.co/SbkodLxhcu

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