How to Report Child Abuse

Hotline Numbers for Reporting Child Abuse by State

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Unfortunately, in families where there is alcoholism and drug addiction child abuse and neglect can happen more often than we would like to think. Also unfortunately, it is estimated that more that one-fourth of children in the U.S. are exposed to alcohol abuse in their families before they are 18 years of age.

If you suspect that a child who is living around alcohol or drug abuse - or any violent situation - is being abused or neglected, you should call your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency or the CPS agency in the State in which the abuse occurred.

Listed below are the toll free numbers for the states that have them available.

Alabama

Alabama Department of Human Resources
Office of Child Protective Services
(334) 242-9500

Alaska

Alaska Office of Children's Services
Toll-Free: 800-478-4444

Arizona

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Toll-Free: 888-767-2445

Arkansas

Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services
Toll-Free: 800-482-5964

California

California Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Colorado

Colorado Division of Child Welfare
Local (toll): (303) 866-5932
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Connecticut

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

Delaware

Delaware Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
Toll-Free: 800-292-9582

D.C.

District of Columbia
Local (toll): 202-671-7233

Florida

Florida Department of Children and Families
Toll-Free: 800-962-2873

Georgia

Georgia Department of Family and Children Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Hawaii

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

Idaho

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
TDD: (208) 332-7205
Toll-Free: (800) 926-2588

Illinois

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Toll-Free: (800) 252-2873
Local (toll): (217) 524-2606

Indiana

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

Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services
Toll-Free: (800) 362-2178

Kansas

Kansas Child Protective Services
Toll-Free: (800) 922-5330

Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Toll-Free: (800) 752-6200

You may also call the following numbers in the service regions of the Department for Community Based Services:

  • Cumberland 606-330-2192
  • Eastern Mountain 866-229-2196 (Toll Free) or 606-788-7132
  • Jefferson 502-595-4550 and 502-595-4803
  • Northeastern 888-351-8901 (Toll Free)
  • Northern Bluegrass 859-292-6550
  • Salt River Trail 888-403-5090 (Toll Free)
  • Southern Bluegrass 859-245-5258
  • The Lakes 270-388-4818
  • Two Rivers 270-651-0287

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Maine

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

Maryland

Maryland Child Protective Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
Toll-Free: (800) 792-5200

Michigan

Michigan Children's Protective Services
Toll-Free: (800) 942-4357

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Mississippi

Mississippi Division of Family and Children's Services
Toll-Free: (800) 222-8000
Local (toll): (601) 359-4991

Missouri

Missouri Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: (800) 392-3738
Local (toll): (573) 751-3448

Montana

Montana Child and Family Services
Toll-Free: (866) 820-5437

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Toll-Free: (800) 652-1999

Nevada

Nevada Division of Child and Family Services
Toll-Free: (800) 992-5757

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Bureau of Child Protection
Toll-Free: (800) 894-5533
Local (toll): (603) 271-6556

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Children and Families
TDD: (800) 835-5510
TTY: (800) 835-5510
Toll-Free: (877) 652-2873 - 1-877 NJ ABUSE

New Mexico

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department
Toll-Free: (800) 797-3260
Local (toll): (505) 841-6100

New York

New York Office of Children and Family Services
TDD: (800) 369-2437
Toll-Free: (800) 342-3720
Local (toll): (518) 474-8740

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

North Dakota

North Dakota Child Protection Program
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Ohio

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Child Protective Services
Toll-Free: (800) 522-3511

Oregon

Oregon Department of Human Services - Children and Teens
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Toll-Free: (800) 932-0313
TDD: 866-872-1677

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
Toll-Free: 800-742-4453

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Social Services
Local (toll): (803) 898-7318
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Toll-Free: (877) 237-0004

Texas

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Toll-Free: (800) 252-5400

Utah

Utah Department of Child and Family Services
Toll-Free: (800) 678-9399

Vermont

Vermont Department of Children and Families
Toll-Free: (800) 649-5285

Virginia

Virginia Department of Social Services
Toll-Free: (800) 552-7096
Local (toll): (804) 786-8536

Washington

Washington Department of Social and Health Services
TTY: (800) 624-6186
Toll-Free: 866-363-4276
Nights and Weekends: 800-562-5624

West Virginia

West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families
Toll-Free: (800) 352-6513

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Toll-Free: 800-422-4453 (Childhelp)

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Family Services
130 Hobbs Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82009
(307) 777-3663

States Have Jurisdiction

As you identify the appropriate agency for making a report, remember the following:

  • Not every State has a toll free hotline, or the hotline may not operate on a 24 hour basis.
  • If a toll free (800 or 888) number is available, it may be accessible only from within that state.
  • Federal agencies have no authority to intervene in individual child abuse and neglect cases. Each State has jurisdiction over these matters, and has specific laws and procedures for reporting and investigating.
  • In some states, all citizens are mandated reporters by state law and must report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect.

If a number is not listed, or if you need to report suspected abuse in a State other than your own, please call 9-1-1 or contact:

  • Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline
    1-800-4-A-CHILD
    (1-800-422-4453)
    TDD: 1-800-2-A-CHILD

Childhelp USA is a non-profit agency which can provide reporting numbers, and has Hotline counselors who can provide referrals.

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