Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Child Abuse Hotline Now Accepts Out-of-State Calls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Child Abuse Hotline Now Accepts Out-of-State Calls

Article excerpt

JEFFERSON CITY * For years, callers with out-of-state area codes couldn't connect with Missouri's toll-free hotline to report cases of potential child abuse and neglect, an issue advocates worried could mean some children might not get the help they need.

After reading a complaint about the problem in a 2014 Office of Child Advocate report, first lady Sheena Greitens called the hotline with an out-of-state number to test it herself. A robotic voice told her, "The number you have dialed cannot be reached from your calling area." Then the call disconnected.

So she called the governor's office, and a staffer there contacted the Department of Social Services. Officials at the agency said they would fix it within days. When Greitens checked again in early June, she got through. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.