Child Abuse

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotlines

Child abuse is the mistreatment of a child under the age of 18 and can be physical, sexual, or emotional. Neglect is when a parent or responsible caretaker fails to provide adequate supervision, food, clothing, shelter, or other basics for a child. Either can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the Missouri Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline.

Phone: 1-800-392-3738
Phone: 1-800-735-2466/voice or 1-800-735-2966/text phone, for hearing and speech impaired.

Phone: 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)


Child Protection Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Child Protection Program provides inpatient child abuse consultations, outpatient sexual abuse evaluations in Sexual Abuse Management Clinic, referrals, care coordination, and education. The program is staffed by pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners,
and licensed clinical social workers.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
One Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Main Phone: (314) 454-2879

Child Protection Program
Phone: (314) 454-2879

Emergency Department
Phone: (314) 454-6111

Department of Clinical Social Work
Phone: (314) 454-6101

Illinois Child Abuse Reporting
217.785.4020 (out-of-state)
800.25ABUSE [252.2873] (calls from within the state of Illinois)


Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children through advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. Their hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St Louis

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis is a university-based, multidisciplinary organization that provides trauma-focused services to youth, families, and the community. The Children’s Advocacy Centers promote resiliency, physical safety, and emotional stability through research and forensic, clinical, educational, and advocacy programming. Eligible children are those impacted by all types of traumatic events including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect; witnesses of domestic abuse and violent crime; children who have suffered accidents, natural disasters, and traumatic bereavement; and children with sexual behavior issues or who are difficult to manage at home or school.

Main Office:
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
One University Boulevard, Weinman Building
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Phone: (314) 516-6798
Fax: (314) 516-6624

West Pine Office:
Children’s Advocacy Center of St. Louis
4443 West Pine Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 516-4088
Fax: (314) 535-0756

Kirkwood Office:
Kathy J. Weinman House
121 West Monroe Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 516-8300
Fax: (314) 516-8325

Children’s Home + Aid

Children’s Home + Aid advocates for the welfare of children and families in Illinois and provides adoption, foster care, counseling, residential, youth, support, and early childhood care and education services.

2133 Johnson Road, Suite 104
Granite City, IL 62040
Phone: (618) 452-8900

Crisis Nursery

The St. Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care, and support to families in crisis through short-term care for young children; helping families resolve crisis; support, education, and resources for parents; community outreach; and advocacy.

24-Hour Helpline: (314) 768-3201

Crisis Nurseries:
Crisis Nursery Centene Center
1928 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 338-2200

Crisis Nursery North
11037 Breezy Point Lane
St. Louis, MO 63136
Phone: (314) 953-8030

Crisis Nursery St. Charles
315 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 947-0600

Crisis Nursery Wentzville
700 Medical Drive
Wentzville, MO 63385
Phone: (636) 887-3070

Crisis Nursery West
330 S. Fourth Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 940-2504

Outreach Centers:
Central Outreach Center at SSM St. Marys
6420 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 629-0825

College Hill Outreach Center, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
4335 Warne Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 552-1304

East St. Louis, Illinois Outreach Center, Christian Activity Center
540 North 6th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62201
(314) 533-6902

North County Outreach Center
11155 Dunn Road, Suite 210E, St. Louis, MO 63136
(314) 629-2614

St. Charles Outreach Center
328 S. 4th Street, St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 940-0742

St. Louis City Outreach Center
2401 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63106
(314) 533-6900

Wentzville Outreach Center, LINC Family Learning Center
9 Love Park Lane, Wentzville, MO 63385
(314) 229-1834

Regional Administrative Offices
11710 Administration Drive, Suite 18
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 292-5770
Fax: (314) 292-5776

Epworth Children and Family Services

Epworth Children and Family Services helps youth and families overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect through emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care, and prevention services.

110 N. Elm Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 961-5718

6816 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 727-6294

7520 Natural Bridge Rd
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: (314) 222-4877

Voices for Children

Voices for Children’s teams of child advocacy attorneys, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and social workers advocate on behalf of St. Louis’ abused and neglected children and youth from birth to age 21 years to expedite health, mental health, and educational services while working toward safe homes with forever families.

920 N. Vandeventer Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 552-2352
Fax: (314) 533-2617