Juvenile Court Referrals

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Data are collected from the Missouri Department of Social Services Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline Unit (CANHU). CANHU accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Missouri’s toll-free number for reporting child abuse/neglect is 1-800-392- 3738. Mandated reporters can also report online at http://dss.mo.gov/cd/can.htm. The CANHU is operated year-round on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week basis. During FY 2019, it was staffed by 50 full-time and 11 part-time trained and experienced Children’s Service Workers. A call to the hotline is referred to as a “report” or “reported incident” of child abuse/neglect. A report may involve from one to several children. Over the course of the fiscal year, the hotline had received over 64,000 reported incidents that involved over 89,000 children in Missouri. When a call is received at the CANHU, information is analyzed to determine whether: • the child is under age 18; • the alleged perpetrator has care, custody and control of the child; • the report meets the legal definition of abuse and/or neglect as stipulated in 210.110, RSMo For more information visit the </a Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report