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Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

You should report suspected abuse or neglect to the local department of social services or to a local law enforcement agency.
If you are a health practitioner, educator, human service worker or a police officer, you are required to report both orally and in writing any suspected child abuse or neglect.

Click here for a list of addresses and phone numbers of social services offices across the state.

Oral reports should be made immediately and written reports must be made within 48 hours of contact which disclose the suspected abuse or neglect.
A report must include:

  • The name and home address of the child and the parent or other individual responsible for the care of the child;
  • The present location of the child;
  • The age of the child;
  • Names and ages of other children in the home;
  • The nature and extent of injuries or sexual abuse or neglect of the child
  • Any information relayed by the individual making the report of previous possible physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
  • Information available to the individual reporting that might aid in establishing the cause of the injury or neglect;
  • The identity of the individual or individuals responsible for abuse or neglect



If reporting abuse or neglect of a child involving mental injury, a description of the substantial impairment of the child’s mental or psychological ability to function that was observed and identified and why it is believed to be attributable to an act of maltreatment or omission of proper care and attention.

All reports of abuse must be made to the local departments of social services and the appropriate law enforcement agency. To initiate prompt handling of the report of suspected child abuse or neglect, employees of a local department of social services must make a report to the protective services unit.