Adults need to know what to do if they observe child abuse/neglect or if a child discloses that they have been harmed

#Essential4Kids shines a light on child abuse and neglect, the support parents and caregivers need,  and empowers Missouri adults to help create safer childhoods for all children! 

Missouri adults are #Essential4Kids! 

Prevalence of Child Abuse and Neglect in Missouri

As reported by the MO DSS Children's Division Annual Report FY 2021


Reported Incidents
of Child Abuse and Neglect


Number of Children Impacted

Missouri Online Mandated Reporter Training

FREE online training; learn the legal responsibilities of mandated reporters; the indicators of abuse; how to respond to suspicions of abuse and how/when to make a report. Designed to educate and empower all adults to better protect children. Over 42,000 adults have benefitted from this important training!


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Jefferson City, MO 65109, US

#Essential4Kids is a campaign of Missouri KidsFirst

KidsFirst is an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and the Missouri Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information, visit  www.missourikidsfirst.org

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