Child Abuse. What thoughts filter your mind?

….. a child suffering, the definition, the hotline number, current statistics or ways to prevent or protect?

Missouri states child abuse as, “Abuse”, any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child other than by accidental means by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, and control, except that discipline including spanking, administered in a reasonable manner, shall not be construed to be abuse;” (http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/21000001101.html)

April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month” and there’s been activities and information at every corner. In Missouri, mandated reporters make most hotlines. Last year, you took a part in saving lives. Missouri says you-the PERMISSIVE REPORTER stepped in the most. Thank you!

A list of hotline percentages from last year:

We call them our “Top Five”:

Permissive

32.3%

Principal

16.2%

Social Worker

12.2%

Law Enforcement

11.5%

Nurse

5.5%

Do you know what a mandated reporter is? Are you a mandated reporter?

Learn more here: http://dss.mo.gov/cd/pdf/guidelines_can_reports.pdf

If you’re not familiar with the hotline number or the process- we’ve provided the information below for you. Please take note-you never know when you can save a life!

“The Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline Unit (CANHU) accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The CANHU is operated year-round on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week basis by 44 full-time and 2 part-time trained and experienced Children’s Service Workers. Missouri’s toll-free number for reporting child abuse/neglect is 1-800-392-3738.” (CAN Report, 2013).

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association understands the after effects, trauma and consequences of abuse and neglect on innocent lives. We see the broken faces everyday.

As we close out Child Abuse Prevention month we ask you take a MOMENT OF SILENCE for those caught in the crossfires of abuse.

Standing with you,

DeAnna Alonso,
Executive Director