Parenting / Foster Care / Adoption

Breastfeeding Help

La Leche League – 24 hour help from local volunteers.

Phone: (314) 424-3900

Child Abuse Prevention

For a parents worried they might hurt their child, provides hotline, counseling, and resources.

Phone: 1-800-4ACHILD

Child Trends Data Bank

A source of quick, current, and reliable information on children, youth and families. Includes indicators of children’s health, social and emotional development, family income, health insurance coverage, and education.

Children’s Hospital Help Line

The 454.KIDS Answer Line is offered by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dedicated to giving health advice and information pertaining to children from newborn to twenty-one years of age. Offers: advice and instructions if your child is sick, tips to assist you in understanding your child’s growth and development, help in finding a St. Louis Children’s Hospital pediatrician or pediatric specialist, registration for classes and events offered by St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours vary

Answer Line: (314)454-KIDS
Toll free at 1-800-678-KIDS

Family Resource Center

Preventing and treating child abuse and neglect by strengthening families through family-centered therapeutic, educational, and support services.

3309 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Phone: (314) 534-9350

Family Resource Center

Located on the 3rd floor of Children’s Hospital. Provides a wide array of literature focusing on resources devoted to children’s health and parenting.

Mon-Thurs 8:30am-7pm
Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Sat 10am-2pm

One Children’s Place
Room 3S-12
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 454-2350

Family Support Network

Works to prevent child abuse and neglect through cost-free counseling and education. One of the many programs offered by Epworth Children and Family Services.

Epworth Children & Family Services
110 N. Elm Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Phone: (314)918-3301

Mid Missouri Crisis Line

Connection to resources for parents in crisis.

Phone: 1-888-761-4357

Missouri Mentoring Program

Through classes, monthly group meetings, and time spent with volunteer mentors, young moms and dads develop parenting and life skills that reduce their risk of child abuse and neglect and boost their self-esteem. Requirements: younger than 21, pregnant or parenting a child younger than two, a Missouri state resident, committed to working toward goals that will improve life and parenting skills, willing to spend at least six hours a month with a volunteer mentor once the matching process is complete.

Missouri Poison Control

Phone: (314) 772-5200 (in St. Louis)
1-800-222-1222 (outside of St. Louis)

Nurses For Newborns

Nurse home visiting agency. Programs that serve teen moms, the mentally or physically challenged, infants that are sick, and general population families in need. Also help connect families to resources.

7259 Lansdowne Ave. Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 544-3433
Toll Free: 1-800-45BIRTH


Helpful links on many parenting issues. Supports parents/caregivers and professionals through the ParentLink WarmLine, though which ParentLink can help with access to resources and services for families in the area, information on parenting questions, and other concerns.

Toll Free: 1-800-552-8522

Parents as Teachers

Provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support through home visits and group meetings.

Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.
Attn: Public Information Specialist
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 432-4330

Pediatric Obesity

Parents can calculate their child’s body mass index, read tips on how to encourage healthy eating and excercise habits, and learn about being a healthy-foods role model.


Streamlined, “one-stop-shopping” resource available for learning about US government recalls both present and past. Offers a new level of safety information for a wide range of products, from toys and cars to medical devices.

SLCH Teen Helpline

Helpline set up to provide answers to parents with questions/concerns about their teen’s behavior. Staff can provide information, answers to questions, and helpful resources/referrals.

(314) 454-TEEN