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How to Report Child Abuse

Child Abuse Hotlines

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Updated November 30, 2012

Anyone suspected that a child is being abused should report it to their state child abuse hotline or call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD).

Visiting a state's child abuse website will also help you learn about mandatory child abuse reporting laws that you may be subject to.

Also remember that if you think that a child is in immediate danger from child abuse or neglect, then you should call 911.

Alabama
Alabama Child Abuse Hotline Local (toll): (334) 242-9500
Alabama Child Protective Services

Alaska
Alaska Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 478-4444
State of Alaska Office of Children's Services

Arizona
Arizona Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (888) SOS-CHILD (767-2445)
Arizona Child Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona

Arkansas
Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 482-5964
Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline

California
No State Wide Hotline
California Department of Social Services
The Childhelp Children's Center of California
Call your county Child Protective Services child abuse hotline or Childhelp (800-422-4453) for assistance reporting child abuse in California.

Colorado
No State Wide Hotline
Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare
The Childhelp Children's Center of Colorado
Call your county Child Welfare child abuse hotline, (303) 866-5932, or Childhelp (800-422-4453) for assistance reporting child abuse in Colorado.

Connecticut
Connecticut Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 842-2288
TDD: (800) 624-5518
Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Delaware
Delaware Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 292-9582
Delaware Services for Children, Youth and Their Families

District of Columbia
Washington DC Child Abuse Hotline Local (toll): (202) 671-SAFE (7233)
District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency
The Childhelp Children's Center of Washington DC

Florida
Florida Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 96-ABUSE (962-2873)
Florida Department of Children and Families

Georgia
No State Wide Hotline
Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Family & Children Services
The Childhelp Children's Center of Georgia
Click on the website above and find your county DFCS office for information on reporting on child abuse or call Childhelp (800-422-4453) for help.

Hawaii
Hawaii Child Abuse Hotline Local (toll): (808) 832-5300
Hawaii Child Welfare Services

Idaho
Idaho Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 926-2588
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Illinois
Illinois Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 25-ABUSE (252-2873)
Local (toll): (217) 524-2606
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

Indiana
Indiana Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 800-5556
Indiana Department of Child Services

Iowa
Iowa Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 362-2178
Iowa Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Hotline

Kansas
Kansas Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 922-5330
Kansas Protection Report Center

Kentucky
Kentucky Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 752-6200
Kentucky Department for Community Based Services

Louisiana
No State Wide Hotline
Louisiana Department of Social Services
Find your local Office of Community Services or Emergency Child Protection Hotline for your parish or call the Childhelp hotline (800-422-4453) for help.

Maine
Maine Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 452-1999
TTY: (800) 963-9490
Maine Child and Family Services

Maryland
No State Wide Hotline
Maryland Child Protective Services
Find your Local Departments of Social Services Child Protective Services for the State of Maryland or call the Childhelp hotline (800-422-4453) for help.

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 792-5200
Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan
Michigan Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 942-4357
Michigan Children's Protective Services
Find your local Department of Human Services office, call the statewide hotline, or call Childhelp (800-422-4453) for help.

Minnesota
No State Wide Hotline
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Find your local county services agency or call Childhelp (800-422-4453) for help.

Mississippi
Mississippi Child Abuse Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 222-8000
Local (toll): (601) 359-4991
Mississippi Child Protective Services

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