Keeping Children Safe is Every Adult's Responsibility 

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In times of crisis and economic insecurity, rates of child abuse and neglect increase. 

#Essential4Kids shines a light on child abuse and neglect and empowers adults to take action. 

Missouri adults are #Essential4Kids! 

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Prevalence of Child Abuse and Neglect in Missouri

As reported by the MO DSS Children's Division Annual Report FY 2020


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. 

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#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

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