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Child Adversity and Resilience

The mission of the Division of Child Adversity and Resilience is to improve the lives of at-risk children, families, and communities through clinical care, community-based intervention, research, and advocacy.

Community programs


We collaborate with other local and national organizations to help implement community programs, such as:

  • ACT - Raising Safe Kids - a positive parenting program delivered in community settings around the Kansas City area

  • Promise 1000 - a home visiting collaborative serving nearly 1000 children annually in the Kansas City metropolitan region

  • Missouri SAFE CARE Network Resource Center - providing medical-forensic training and mentoring throughout Missouri and reviewing Missouri Children's Division investigations in children under four years of age

  • Safe Sleep Initiatives - a collaboration with the Local Investment Commission and the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide safe sleep environments, teaching and evaluations

  • Child Fatality Prevention - a collaboration with the Children's Trust Fund of Missouri to prevent sleep related deaths and reduce all causes of preventable child fatalities

Clinical Services

Child Protector App from Children's Mercy

Child Protector App

Child Protector assists Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, attorneys and medical personnel when evaluating children who may have been physically abused. The free app was developed by Children’s Mercy and the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) through Children’s Justice Act Funding from Texas and Missouri.