Child Abuse Resources
Child Abuse Resources

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Show your support for children and your commitment to child abuse prevention by joining thousands of Kansas Citians in wearing blue on Friday, April 6, and throughout April with the resources below.

Just as support, stability and care can positively impact development, abuse and neglect can have devastating effects — especially in the early years when brain development is rapid.

You can prevent abuse and neglect by helping others understand child development and by sharing the child abuse reporting hotline information. In Missouri call 1-800-392-3738. In Kansas call 1-800-922-5330.

Take a photo of yourself or your group in blue and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The photo with the most likes on the Prevent Child Abuse KC Facebook page will win tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center. Prize will be announced on Monday, April 9.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Materials

Use these materials to spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month and Wear Blue Day.

Child Abuse Prevention flyer  

Child abuse facts


Reporting Abuse and Neglect

All child care professionals are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. To reqport child abuse or neglect, please contact one of these hotlines, which are both staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information on child abuse prevention, visit these Web sites:

Recognizing Child Abuse

The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination.

The Child:

  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home

The Parent:

  • Shows little concern for the child
  • Denies the existence of, or blames the child for, the child's problems in school or at home
  • Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
  • Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
  • Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve
  • Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Recognizing Child Neglect

The following are some signs often associated with neglect.

Signs of Neglect

  • Is frequently absent from school
  • Begs or steals food or money
  • Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses
  • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
  • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
  • Abuses alcohol or other drugs
  • States that there is no one at home to provide care

Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver:

  • Appears to be indifferent to the child
  • Seems apathetic or depressed
  • Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner
  • Is abusing alcohol or other drugs
  • Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Recognizing Sexual Abuse

The following are some signs often associated with sexual abuse.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

  • Has difficulty walking or sitting
  • Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
  • Reports nightmares or bedwetting
  • Experiences a sudden change in appetite
  • Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
  • Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age 14
  • Runs away
  • Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver

Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:

  • Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child's contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex
  • Is secretive and isolated
  • Is jealous or controlling with family members
  • Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Recognizing Emotional Maltreatment

The following are some signs often associated with emotional maltreatment.

Signs of Emotional Maltreatment

  • Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression
  • Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)
  • Is delayed in physical or emotional development
  • Has attempted suicide
  • Reports a lack of attachment to the parent

Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:

  • Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child
  • Is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child's problems

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway