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It is the responsibility of each individual to prevent child abuse and neglect.  As a result, April is annually designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year’s theme, Strong Families-Safe Kids, recognizes that the most important thing we can do to prevent child abuse is to support families. Prevention efforts are the best hope for eliminating child abuse in Missouri.

Missouri KidsFirst, in partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund, has developed a web-based child abuse prevention packet for individuals and communities to modify and use to support local child abuse prevention efforts. This packet is designed to help improve the safety and well being of children by offering parenting tips and ways to discuss how to bring communities together to prevent the abuse and neglect of Missouri’s children.  The toolkit may also be accessed by clicking the April is Child Abuse Prevention Month button on the CTF homepage.

If your agency is conducting events related to Child Abuse Prevention Month, and you would like to include them in the calendar of events, please complete the Activities Registration Form and return to Missouri KidsFirst.

Thank you for all you do to prevent child abuse!  Please share this message with your partners.