If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, report it immediately to the Child Abuse Hotline* or call 911.

Missouri Hotline number:800-392-3738For hearing and speech impaired, please contact Relay Missouri 1-800-735-2466/voice or 1-800-735-2966/text phone. Kansas Hotline number:800-922-5330*The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit (CA/NHU) accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Reports are received through a toll-free telephone line which is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day.If […]

Survivor shares abuse story to raise awareness

By Angie BaldelomarChildren remain the most vulnerable population for all kinds of abuse.This is exacerbated by parents not talking with their children about boundaries and what situations merit going to them for help, as sexual abuse survivor Gerardo can attest.Gerardo — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — said he was never told what […]

How to celebrate a more meaningful Christmas

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Christmas has moved beyond its religious roots to become an international celebration of gratitude and sharing. With that in mind, try implementing some of the following activities to enrich your Christmas celebration this year: *Give back to the community: There are many opportunities to make others feel better during the Christmas […]

Spread the love this holiday season

Roberta Pardo The holiday season is about to begin – and with it, the time to spread the love has come. This season is about giving and spreading holiday cheer not only to family and friends but also to strangers. Here are a few ways you can spread the love this holiday season: *Volunteer at […]

5 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday. Below are five ideas to organize a party in your own house: 1. Mexican food Salsa, burritos, guacamole, tacos… there are countless Mexican dishes waiting for you to try them out. (We like guacamole). 2. History lesson Did you know Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory against […]

Explore alternatives to childcare

Commentary by Chara Families in America spend lots of money on childcare. More than 10 percent of their income, in fact. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average cost of infant care each year is $11,201 in Kansas and $8,632 in Missouri. Thus, parents should be aware of the multiple childcare alternatives they have. […]

How to build healthy relationships

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Building and maintaining a healthy relationship takes work. Still, there are tips you can use to make relationship development and maintenance a less labor-intensive experience. Some of those tips include the following: *Understand your emotional needs: People who are unaware of their feelings are oblivious to their own emotional urges and […]

How to keep your children safe this Halloween

Commentary by Yanis De Palma Halloween (Oct. 31) is an exciting night for children, but it also can be a dangerous one. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on other nights of the year. To avoid the most common Halloween-related dangers, try […]

Parents’ eviction of son goes against traditional Hispanic values

Commentary by Eulogio JP Most Hispanics find it normal for older children to live with their parents. Many people of other cultures don’t. Strangely, many American parents want to get their children out of the house as quickly as possible. In fact, a New York couple took their 30-year-old son to court to evict him […]

Dwayne Johnson lanzará su marca de tequila

El actor de Hollywood se prepara para el gran lanzamiento de la bebida mexicana en los próximos días. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ahora es empresario que produce tequila. La compañía del actor ha solicitado el registro del nombre “Mana” para colocarlo en sus botellas de tequila, según ha revelado el sitio tmz.com. Dwayne ha profesado […]