How do I report suspected child abuse or neglect?
State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers
Contact your local child protective services office or law enforcement agency.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline(opens in new window)
Call or text 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453). Professional crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 170 languages. All calls are confidential. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline(opens in new window)
Report online sexual exploitation of a child or if you suspect that a child has been inappropriately contacted online. Information will be made available to law enforcement in order to conduct an investigation.
Child Welfare Information Gateway is not a hotline for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, and it is not equipped to accept reports or intervene in personal situations of this nature.
WARNING SIGNS OF ADOPTED CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
OUR ADOPTION ABUSE ATTORNEYS HOLD NEGLIGENT PARTIES RESPONSIBLE
Adopted children who are neglected or abused are often terrified to speak out. They’re afraid their abusers will abuse them even more. That’s why it’s so challenging to put a stop to such abuse. That’s why the abuse of adopted children often goes unreported.
So how do you know if a child is being abused or neglected? There are usually warning signs of child abuse. But they’re not always easy to identify. It’s important to know what signs to look for. That way, you may be able to put a stop to abuse.
The adoption abuse and negligence attorneys at Deratany & Kosner now what to look for. That’s because we have handled many cases involving child abuse and neglect in Illinois and across the country. We know some of the warning signs and we want to share them with you.
WARNING SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE
Sometimes, the signs are obvious. A child has been severely beaten. A young girl becomes pregnant. Other times, the warning signs are much more subtle. These include:
- Unexplained bruises
- Unexplained injuries (broken bones, burn marks, etc.)
- Sudden change in mood
- Avoiding eye contact
- Flinching at sudden movements
- Fear of adults
WARNING SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE
- Child cries without warning
- Frequent unexplained temper tantrums
- Being extremely quiet or withdrawn
- Child has poor self-esteem
- Poor performance in school
- Extreme behavior (very aggressive or very passive)
f you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being mistreated, call 1-800-422-2253 immediately. This Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline can provide information on how to make a report. -childcare.gov