Reporting Abuse is
#Essential4Kids During Social Distancing

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 KidsFirst3 days ago
Children age 3 and under account for about 28% of child abuse and neglect victims. Young children rely on their caregivers for everything. The stress of caring for a young child can push caregivers to their limits.

If you feel overwhelmed and need a break your can reach out for crisis care at https://dss.mo.gov/cd/child-care/help-for-families/crisis-help-for-families.htm.

For parenting support contact: MO ParentLink Warmline

For all Families: 1-800-552-8522
Kinship Navigator Line for kinship caregiving: 1-833-KIN-4-KID
https://education.missouri.edu/parentlink/
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Missouri KidsFirst4 days ago
Children with disabilities are at higher risk of abuse and neglect.

Each child's unique needs indicate how this risk shows up. For example, one on one situations might be common because a child may need to rely on several adults for their care, children may be trained to comply with adults in their lives to have their basic needs met, or abusers take advantage of a child who has difficulty speaking, hearing or who doesn’t understand social situations very well.

Caregivers can learn more about protecting children with disabilities from child abuse from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandsafety/abuse.html

#Essential4Kids
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Missouri KidsFirst5 days ago
Learn why cyber-tips have doubled in last few months and what you can do to protect our children from technology facilitated abuse during this time. KidsFirst interviews Detective Brianna Selsvold from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. #Essential4Kids, #MOICAC, #Netsmartz, #NCMEC
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Missouri KidsFirst5 days ago
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), also commonly referred to as "sex trafficking" is any sexual activity involving a child for which something of value is given or promised. Be aware that social media can be used to exploit children for sexual acts. Prior sexual abuse greatly increases the risk of CSEC. Any child involved in a commercial sex act is a victim of human trafficking. There does not need to be any evidence of force, fraud, or coercion.

Learn more from our friends at Darkness to Light: www.d2l.org/the-issue/child-exploitation-trafficking/

and watch this powerful video to learn more:
http://ow.ly/Abs750AEyG9

#Essential4Kids #CSEC #trafficking
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Missouri KidsFirst6 days ago
Notice any of these risk factors? Signs of online child abuse may be tricky to identify, but talking to kids about their life online and being a sounding board for their decision making will help reduce the opportunity for online perpetrators to take advantage of the one on one environment created online.
#Essential4Kids
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Missouri KidsFirst7 days ago
We don’t yet know the impact this pandemic has had on child abuse in Missouri, but we do know that reducing economic stress in the home is one way to help prevent violence against our children. Any federal relief package must consider stabilizing factors for families, including but not limited to access to affordable housing and food.

Check out our Policy Director Jessica Seitz's letter published in The Kansas City Star over the weekend:
https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article244419767.html

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3 days ago
28% of child abuse and neglect victims are Children age 3 and under. Caring for a young child can be stressful. If you feel overwhelmed and need a break your can reach out for crisis care at https://t.co/rL3ky4T34L.
For support: MO Parentlink Warmline https://t.co/8Npi0VRPzU https://t.co/nokyvco9zX
4 days ago
Children with disabilities are at higher risk of abuse and neglect. A child's unique safety needs must be met. One on one situations might be common because of a need to rely on adults for care. Learn more @CDCgov: https://t.co/epmjU8GCb1

#Essential4Kids https://t.co/Tzhka6URx7
5 days ago
Learn why cyber-tips have doubled in the last few months and what you can do to protect our children. KidsFirst interviews Det. Selsvold from the MO Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. https://t.co/dCKGT1QQM6, #Essential4Kids, #MOICAC, #Netsmartz, #NCMEC https://t.co/AcY2z7MSo8
5 days ago
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), also commonly referred to as "sex trafficking," is any sexual activity involving a child for which something of value is given or promised. Check out @Darkness2Light: https://t.co/v3axE74mLV
#Essential4Kids #CSEC #Trafficking https://t.co/Yp5093lFZr
6 days ago
Notice any of these risk factors? Signs of online child abuse may be tricky to identify, but talking to kids about their life and decisions online will reduce opportunity for online perpetrators to take advantage of the one on one environment created online.

#Essential4Kids https://t.co/UlqaWxLAOE
7 days ago
Prioritize kids: Any federal relief package must consider stabilizing factors for families, including but not limited to access to affordable housing and food.

Read the @KCStar LTE from Jessica Seitz, MKF Policy Director:
https://t.co/4NEv6O4drw https://t.co/Nbks6V27Wb

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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