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Watch how the campaign has educated over 250,000 thousand people and has been adopted by 20 other states and counting. 

The more we understand our child protection systems the better equip we are to help children. Making a child abuse and neglect hotline call can be scary and overwhelming. Listen to this example hotline call to gain confidence and knowledge about the process.

Maren Mellem,  explains how CACs conduct forensic interviews with children to create a safe space for children to tell their stories.

Learn from the disability experts at Paraquad. Stephanie McDowell discusses strengthening communication with children with disabilities and supporting their caregivers. These children are three times more likely to experience abuse and we must protect them.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education & the Missouri Children's Division for school staff to speak up if abuse is suspected and to learn more about online reporting  keep kids safe this school year.

Being a trusted adult to a child is a gift. Forensic Interviewer, Beverly Tucker shares how to honor that gift and how to receive a disclosure of abuse from a child while honoring where they are in the process.

Det. Selsvold from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force explains why cyber-tips have doubled in last few months and what you can do to protect children from online abuse

Pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital gives her expert insight on why the decrease in child abuse reports does not mean child abuse has declined. Dr. Kondis explains how adults can protect children during this time.

This video is for the home delivery, pharmacy, grocery store and other essential workers - kids need all adults who see them to protect them. It outlines signs of abuse and neglect and where to report.

This video was created to empowering teachers, counselors, bus drivers and nutrition staff in their role as mandated reporters during the social distancing. 

Learn tips on how to take care of yourself while parenting during a pandemic from Kelly Schultz, Mother and Director of the Missouri Office of Child Advocate.

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