Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018

Did you know 5,141 children in the Missouri were involved in substantiated claims of abuse or neglect in 2017?

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. At LFCS, we want to talk about this public health issue and what we can do to address it.

Here are just a few of the staggering statistics:

  • One in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes.
  • Thirty-two Missouri children died from abuse or neglect in 2017, 70% of whom were two years old or younger.
  • Parents, stepparents or other primary caretakers account for the majority of perpetrators in child abuse and neglect cases.
  • Poverty, on-going community violence, and weak connections between neighbors are related to a higher risk for child abuse and neglect
  • The estimated average lifetime cost per victim of nonfatal child abuse and neglect was $210,012
  • The total lifetime economic burden resulting from new cases of fatal and nonfatal child abuse and neglect is $124 billion

LFCS provides several areas of support to prevent child abuse and neglect as well as manages the social and behavioral ramifications of cases that were not prevented. We do so through our two pillars of service: Foster Care and Family Services & Behavioral Health and Community Prevention Services.

Foster Care and Family Services programs provide education to parents and care for children to decrease the risk of child abuse or neglect. Services include:

  • Respite Foster Care
  • Foster Care Case Management
  • Pregnancy and Parenting Services
  • Home Visitation

Behavioral Health and Community Prevention Services programs are available in 15 offices statewide on a sliding fee scale, as well as 60 schools in eight Districts across the St. Louis area. Services include:

  • Counseling
  • Child Psychiatry
  • STEP-UP, a youth development program


If you find yourself in need of any of the above services, please contact LFCS. Together we can save children and families in Missouri.


April 6, 2018 is Wear Blue Day. Show your support and help spread awareness by wearing blue. Take a photo and share it on the social media with #GreatChildhoods and tag @LFCSMO.