April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at FosterAdopt Connect, we believe that everyone can play a part in ending the generational cycle of abuse and neglect for children in our community. Part of this is knowing the signs of abuse and neglect and what to do if you suspect it is occurring.

Physical Abuse:


  • Bruises, cuts, burns, grab marks, or other injuries, especially if they are on both sides of the body or head (isolated ones are more likely to be accidents than if they are in multiple locations)
  • Injuries that a child would not be capable of given their developmental ability
  • Fear of or resistance to going home or being around certain individuals
  • Exhibiting aggressive behavior toward peers or authority figures
  • Frequent crying or emotional outbursts

Sexual Abuse:


  • Difficulty and/or pain while sitting or walking
  • Expressing age-inappropriate knowledge of sexual activities or subjects
  • Sexually suggestive or promiscuous behavior and/or verbalization
  • Inappropriate sexual acting out toward other children/peers



  • Poor hygiene/lack of adequate clothing
  • Untreated need for glasses, dental care, or other medical attention
  • Pervasive hunger or fatigue
  • Frequent absence or tardiness from school or other activities
  • Stealing or hoarding food
  • Excessive attention-seeking behavior

If you suspect an instance of child abuse or neglect, there are 24-hour hotlines that you can call and make a report. The person reported will not be notified of your identity, and you could save a life.


Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline


Kansas Protection Report Center