A parent/guardian may file a Petition for an Order of Protection on behalf of a child whenever that child has been subject to abuse by a current adult household member. (Sect. 455.505.1, R.S.Mo.) The petition forms are available on the St. Louis County Circuit Court website or by clicking the links on the left side of this page.
In many instances, the judge who receives the O/P petition will order the Children's Division to investigate the case and submit a report to the court prior to the O/P Full Hearing.
In addition to seeking child orders of protection for emergencies involving children, the Children's Division should be contacted immediately.
The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline number is 1-800-392-3738.
The local St. Louis County central number is (314) 264-7700.
The St. Louis County Children's Division has four offices. To determine the appropriate branch, please refer to Addendum E. The branches and their telephone numbers are as follows:
These offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The hotline staff has access to a list of on-call C.D. employees for every office, representing every county in Missouri, in case of emergencies.
New cases and hotlines are typically assigned by the zip code of the hotlined parent. Here is the general breakdown: