Protecting Your Kids From Abuse

The first step toward protecting your kids from abuse is educating yourself. Parents will find many of the articles, videos, and websites listed under Resources for Churches and Resources for Teachers helpful.

Additionally, the web is full of resources geared specifically toward parents:

The second step to protecting your kids from abuse is to educate and empower them. This means talking to your kids about body safety, online safety, grooming tactics, and other important topics. For more information about what to say, check out these helpful resources:

For book recommendations, check out the lists provided by American Society for the Positive Care of Children (SPCC), A Mighty Girl, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.

For Foster and Adoptive Parents

Because foster children (and often, by extension, adopted children) have typically been through some type of childhood trauma, it’s important for foster and adoptive parents to be trauma-informed. The following resources offer insight into loving and parenting trauma-affected children:


National Helplines

Below are some helplines available for victims and people in crisis, organized by topic. Parents may find these resources helpful for themselves, their children, or other people in their lives.

Alcohol and Drugs

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: 800-662-4357

Child Abuse

Childhelp: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

Child Sexual Abuse

Darkness to Light: 866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)

Child Welfare

Child Welfare Information Gateway: 800-394-3366 or live chat on website 

Crime Victims

Crime Connect Hotline: 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)

Crisis (Any Kind)

Crisis Text Line: Text “LISTEN” to 741-741

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800−799−7233

Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888 or text “Be Free” to 233733

Missing or Abducted Children

Child Find of America 800-I-AM-LOST (800-426-5678)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678)


National Parent Helpline: 855-4-A-PARENT (855-427-2736)


National Capital Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222


American Pregnancy Helpline: 866-942-6466

Option Line: 800-712-HELP or text “HELPLINE” to 313131

Crisis Pregnancy Helpline: 800-672-2296

National Life Center: 800-848-LOVE


National Runaway Safeline: 800-786-2929

Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Hotline:  800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

Local Resources