Child Abuse Reporting

August 7, 2018

By: Jacqueline Burgess, Executive Director

I can't tell you how many times we get calls asking us, what do I do if I suspect a child is being abused or mistreated? While we are happy to offer assistance and guidance on a one-on-one basis, we would also like to give everyone access to this information. If you suspect that a child is being abused or mistreated, your first call needs to be to the DHR in the county where the child resides. When you call DHR, you will need to follow the prompts to the child abuse and neglect unit and then the option for making a report. This will direct you to the intake worker who will take down all the basic information regarding the child and the situation. If you feel that a child is in IMMEDIATE danger, your first call needs to be to 911 to get an emergency officer on the scene as quickly as possible. 

None of us like to believe that child abuse could occur in our neighborhoods and communities, but sadly it does. Turning a blind eye to the problem will not make it disappear, but by raising awareness and being willing to take a stand, we are all capable of being apart of the solution. Play your part and protect the children in your home, neighborhood, and community!