2020 Standing with Children Luncheon
When: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: The Millbottom Event Center
400 West Main, Jefferson City, MO

Missouri KidsFirst leads and supports
communities in abuse prevention!

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Hotline: 800-392-3738

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 KidsFirst2 days ago
It is our shared responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect. During this time of social isolation and stress, Missouri KidsFirst is worried about incidents of child abuse rising while reports to the MO Children's Division are falling.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call 1-800-392-3728. Calls are answered 24/7.

#KidsFirst #Prevention #ProtectMOKids
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Missouri KidsFirst3 days ago
Jessica Seitz-Fanning, "We can postpone paying our taxes, we can postpone paying our student loans, we CAN NOT postpone protecting children."
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Missouri KidsFirst4 days ago
"Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable U.S. children could face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect as coronavirus-related school closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of hotline tipsters: educators."

In Missouri, the Department of Social Services' Children's Division has already seen a sharp decline in reports to the hotline. Stay alert to children in your sphere and report any concerns at (800)392-3738.
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Missouri KidsFirst1 week ago
Child care facilities, preschools, and schools are closing all over the country, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and some parents/caregivers may find themselves in situations where they need to quickly secure a babysitter. When seeking childcare, follow these three principles to minimize the risk of abuse: prevent isolation, keep situations interruptible, and set expectations. To read more about keeping children safe in unfamiliar childcare settings, check out this Darkness to Light blog post on minimizing opportunity: https://www.d2l.org/tips-minimize-opportunity/.
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Missouri KidsFirst1 week ago
A quick lesson in proper handwashing can turn into a chat about body safety, or any topic that contributes to meaningful discussion together. Having age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries is an important step in keeping children safe. For more information on how to talk with, and listen to, children about sexual abuse and personal safety, check out Darkness to Light's "Talking with Children" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX57AZjsKkc&feature=youtu.be
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Having age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries is an important step in protecting children. Learn how to talk to kids about...
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Missouri KidsFirst1 week ago
"Things are changing so rapidly nowadays...it's hard to stay focused on what matters."

Thank you Prevent Child Abuse America for compiling resources for families as they define and navigate this new normal.

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2 days ago
It is our shared responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect. During this time of isolation and stress, we worry about incidents rising while reports are falling.

@DSS_Missouri hotline is open 24/7: 800-392-3728

Thx @stltoday for raising awareness #ProtectMOKids https://t.co/ji7lYyynVv
3 days ago
The MO Child Abuse and Neglect hotline has experienced a 50% drop in Child Abuse and Neglect hotline calls since March 11. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, report it to our toll-free hotline at 1-800-392-3728. Answered 24-hours a day, every day https://t.co/Kxrzbm3kHD https://t.co/Nc6vQzyveC
3 days ago
Calls to the MO child abuse and neglect hotline dropped by half as #Covid_19 first struck the state.

“If kids are not at school, those reports aren’t getting made,” said @jseitzfanning of @MOKidsFirst. “That’s really a crack in the system." https://t.co/QkHzzK3Ndo
4 days ago
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. children face increased risk of abuse and neglect as coronavirus-related school closures keep them home and away from the nation’s biggest group of reporters: educators. https://t.co/HdwUeUFQGa
5 days ago
Nonprofits across the country are on the front of the lines of #COVID19 response, providing critical resources. We’re calling on Congress to include #Relief4Charities in the economic relief bill to ensure nonprofits, can continue to support our communities and our country.
1 week ago
Child care facilities and schools are closing in an effort to slow the spread of #COVID19 and some parents/caregivers may find themselves in situations where they need to quickly secure a babysitter.

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