This page contains information and resources about reporting suspected child abuse and what happens after reporting.
Any person may make a Suspected Child Abuse Report
Certain people are Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Must make a Report regarding any reasonable suspicion of Child Abuse.
Non Mandated Reporters are encouraged to make Suspected Child Abuse Reports.
To report suspected child abuse, call:
In cases of an immediate emergency always call 911 for Law Enforcement intervention. Where the situation is not an emergency needing the police, reports should be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline in the following areas:
The Department of Family and Children Services operates a Child Abuse and Neglect Center (CANC) which screens calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Screening Social workers answer the telephone, in the office, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., and, after 9:45 p.m., an on-call social work supervisor takes over this function. After 6 p.m. there may only be one person on duty, and your call may go to voice mail to be returned as soon as possible in the order received by the CANC.
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