Parents As Teachers – helps build strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn. It is a home visiting model serving almost 200,000 families worldwide. Resources and tools are available to promote parent education and early learning.
Parent Link – provides parenting information and support to Missouri families by linking parents and professionals.
Resources and assistance programs for housing, utilities, employment, and more are listed below. Can’t find the resource you need? Contact us to help you connect with the support your family needs.
(Housing, Transportation, Clothing, Employment)
Missouri Homeless Shelter Directory – complete list of Missouri Shelters. This resource includes emergency shelters, general homeless shelters and some transitional housing opportunities. Resources are listed by city. This site also contains links to food banks, pantries and soup kitchens.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – can help with one-time payment for heating bills from November through March each year. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) helps pay your bill when your energy is shut off or threatened to be shut off. ECIP is available November through May and June through September.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TA) – can provide cash benefits to low-income families for children such as clothing, utilities and other services. Missouri Work Assistance program helps TA recipients transition from TA to a job by setting goals and getting skills needed to find a job and support their family.
Housing Assistance – public housing assistance can provide housing choice vouchers or other assistance in locating housing.
MoJobs – connects job seekers, employers and the community. Job seekers can find job skills workshops, training and education options and assistance and locate a Missouri Job Center.
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-800-392-3738– if you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation you may report it to DSS. Anonymous reports are accepted from individuals not mandated by occupation to report but please consider identifying yourself so that Children’s Division staff may contact you during or after the investigation.
When making a report, have the following information available:
What are the worrying behaviors you are calling about today?
What happened to the child/children as a result of the worrying behaviors?
What are you most worried will happen to the child/children if nothing in the family changes?
What actions have been taken other than making this call?
Is there anything going on in or around that family that would make this situation more difficult to handle?
What are the best aspects of the adult’s care for the child/children?
What needs to happen differently for you to be confident the children are safe enough?
On a scale of 0-10 where 10 means the child is completely safe right now and 0 means that if no action is taken, the child could be seriously hurt or injured in the next 24 hours, where would you rate this family?
You can call the local Children’s Divison office to discuss your concern. They can advise you whether or not to call the hotline. They can also give you advice that might help you help the family in crisis.
Err on the side of over-reporting. If you have the thought, “Maybe I should call…..” – DO!