Report Child Abuse

  • All adults should feel responsible for protecting the children of our communities. If you suspect that a child has been abused, it is your responsibility to report.

    If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.

    If you suspect that a child is being, or has been abused or neglected, report it immediately:

    Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline

    • Missouri: 800-392-3738
    • Kansas: 800-922-5330
    • Oklahoma: 800-522-3511
    • Arkansas: 800-482-5964

    The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit (CA/NHU) accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

    Reports are received through a toll-free telephone line which is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You don’t have to know all the facts to make a report.

    What to do if you think a child has been abused:

    • Keep calm
    • Listen to the child
    • Reassure the child that they did the right thing by telling
    • Reassure the child that they are not in trouble
    • Answer the child’s questions honestly
    • Report the allegations to the police and the Children’s Division
    • Don’t pressure the child by asking for specific details