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National Child Abuse Month

National Child Abuse Month

April is National Child Abuse Month and INOBTR was pleased to support Missouri Kid’s First in their annual Pinwheels to bring awareness to the issues of child abuse.

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Some signs of child abuse are more obvious than others, but all children require us to be aware.

POSSIBLE SIGNS OF PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL ABUSE:

    • Behavior changes such as fear, anxiety, depression, aggression or withdrawal, not wanting to go home or appearing afraid of certain individuals
    • overly sexualized behavior or use of explicit sexual language that’s inappropriate for the child’s age
    • changes in sleeping patterns including frequent nightmares, difficulty falling asleep. Both may result int he child appearing tired or fatigued
    • changes in school performance and attendance, such as being unable to conentrate in class or frequent absences
    • eating habits that lead to extreme weight gain or loss
    • visible unexplained injuries such as burns, burises or broken bones
    • use of drugs or alcohol
    • trouble walking or sitting

Help protect children in our communities and around the world. We are fortunate to have great Child Advocacy Centers in Missouri: (check your state for help)

Child Advocacy Center  www.childadvocacycenter.org  413 Garfield Ave, West Plains, MO 65775   (417) 256-4445
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc.     1033 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806    (417) 831-2327
Childrens Advocacy Center of St Louis     4443 W Pine Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108   (314) 535-3003
Child Center Inc    thechildcenter.com    989 Heritage Pkwy, Wentzville, MO 63385     (636) 332-0899
Lakes Area Child Advocacy    11016 E State Highway 76, Branson West, MO 65737     (417) 272-8410

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