FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2021
JEFFERSON CITY, MO –Governor Parson has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Missouri.
“As a former law enforcement officer, I understand the devastating impact abuse and neglect can have on a child’s life. It is critical that we continue to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and remind Missourians that children are relying on us to protect them,” Governor Parson said. “I also want to thank the many groups and organizations across the state that provide vital resources to families throughout the year to help keep our children safe.”
Calls to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline are a vital mechanism to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Missouri children. Reporting a concern about a child can connect a family with the support and help they need to keep the child safe at home. Ensuring parents and caregivers have the knowledge, skills, support, and resources they need to care for children are paramount to reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect. Often, the efforts of local communities and organizations make it possible for families to become stronger and the home safer for the child.
The Department of Social Services asks Missourians to be especially attentive to the safety and wellbeing of children during COVID-19 and strongly encourages anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-392-3738. The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is answered 24-hours a day, every day, all year round. Callers can report anonymously.
The mission of the Department of Social Services is to empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. Visit dss.mo.gov to learn more about the Department of Social Services and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.