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Report Child Abuse

Child Abuse

Child abuse is the mistreatment of a child under the age of 18 by:

  • A parent or their romantic partner.
  • An immediate relative or someone living in their home.
  • A caretaker such as a babysitter or daycare worker.
  • Any person responsible for the child’s welfare, such as a health care provider, educator, coach or youth program volunteer.

The mistreatment can either result in injury or put the child at serious risk of injury. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional.

Child Neglect

Child Neglect is the failure of a parent or caretaker to meet minimal parenting standards for providing adequate supervision, food, clothing, medical care, shelter or other basic needs.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

If you suspect abuse or neglect you have a social responsibility to report it to the hotline. In addition, state law requires that most professionals in education, health care, law enforcement and social work report suspected neglect or abuse. These individuals are Mandated Reporters.