Child abuse and neglect is a tragedy that should not occur. Each year, some 15,000 incidents of abuse and neglect involving over 20,000 children are reported in the four Missouri counties of the St. Louis region. Nearly 1,000 of these incidents are substantiated as abused and another 8,000 are considered at risk and designated for further family services. Read our 2018 fact sheet on child abuse and neglect.

The St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network teams up with organizations and individuals across the metro area to raise awareness about child abuse/neglect, and to promote efforts to strengthen families – the best way to prevent abuse/neglect. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been held annually nationally since 1982.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Join us for the Healthy Family Block Party on April 27, 2019 (free event).  The event includes displays from community agencies along with entertainment for the children. Host a table to share info & opportunities with parents. Help us spread the word, download the flyer here.
  • Post an “Every Child, Every Family. Secure and Safe.” yard sign at your agency, your church or your home. Signs are available from Vision for Children at Risk.Yard Sign 2819
  • Share Child Abuse Prevention Month materials, including tips for positive parenting, temporary tattoos and stickers, also available from Vision for Children at Risk.
  • Visit the Vision for Children at Risk Facebook page  daily in April to see pictures of organizations participating in Child Abuse Prevention Month and read valuable information about child abuse prevention.
  • Learn more about how to spot the signs of child abuse and neglect from this U.S. Children’s Bureau booklet, What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms.

For more information, contact Ruth Ehresman, 314-534-6015, rehresman@visionforchildren.org.

Download our 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month fact sheet with current data on child abuse and neglect in the St. Louis area.