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Reporting Child Abuse


For information on how to report child abuse in your state, click on your state from the list below. For most states, we provide the name of the responsible state agency, the corresponding state statutes, plus agency websites and phone numbers as available.

By State:

AK ·  AL ·  AR ·  AZ ·  CA ·  CO ·  CT ·  DC ·  DE ·  FL ·  GA ·  HI ·  IA ·  ID ·  IL ·  IN ·  KS · 
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Alaska

    Agency:

Division of Family and Youth Services

  State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/folhome.htm
  Statute Citation: Alaska Stat. § 47.17
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-478-4444
 

Alabama

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Resources - Family Services Division

  State Statutes: http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/alisonstart.asp
  Statute Citation: Ala. Code § 26-14-3
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-334-242-9500
 

Arkansas

    Agency:

Dept. of Children & Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&vid=blr:code
  Statute Citation: Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-507
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-482-5964
 

Arizona

    Agency:

Child Protective Services - Dept. of Economic Security

  State Statutes: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/statespecific/results.cfm?state=%27AZ%27&Define=1&Manda=1&Laws=1&
  Statute Citation: Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3620
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)
 

California

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services - Div. of Children and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/statespecific/results.cfm?state=%27CA%27&Define=1&Manda=1&Laws=1&
  Statute Citation: Cal. Penal Code §§ 11164-11174.5
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: Local (toll): (916) 445-2771
 

Colorado

    Agency:

Div. of Prevention and Intervention Services for Children and Youth - Dept.

  State Statutes: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/statespecific/results.cfm?state=%27CO%27&Define=1&Manda=1&Laws=1&
  Statute Citation: Colo. Rev. Stat. § 19-3-307
  Procedure: contact law enforcement
 

Connecticut

    Agency:

Dept. of Children and Families

  State Statutes: http://www.cga.state.ct.us/lco/Statute_Web_Site_LCO.htm
  Statute Citation: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 17a-101
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-842-2288
 

District of Columbia

    Agency:

Child Protective Services - Dept. of Child and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://dccode.westgroup.com/home/dccodes/default.wl
  Statute Citation: D.C. Code Ann. § 4-1321.02
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: (202) 671-SAFE(7233)
 

Delaware

    Agency:

Div. of Child Protective Services - Dept. of Children, Youth and Their Families

  State Statutes: http://198.187.128.12/delaware/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0
  Statute Citation: Del. Code Ann. tit. 16, § 904
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-292-9582
 

Florida

    Agency:

Dept. of Health and Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=View%20Statutes&Submenu=1&Tab=statutes
  Statute Citation: Fla. Stat. ch. 39.201
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-96ABUSE
 

Georgia

    Agency:

Dept. of Family and Children's Services

  State Statutes: http://www.state.ga.us/services/ocode/ocgsearch.htm
  Statute Citation: Ga. Code Ann. § 19-7-5
  Procedure: Contact police or county DFCS Office
 

Hawaii

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.state.hi.us/dhs/ph_dhs.html
  Statute Citation: Haw. Rev. Stat. § 350-1.1
  Procedure: Contact police or department
  Hotline: 1-808-832-5300
 

Iowa

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Code.html
  Statute Citation: Iowa Code § 232.70
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-362-2178
 

Idaho

    Agency:

Child Protection Services - Dept. of Health and Welfare

  State Statutes: http://www3.state.id.us/legislat/idstat.html
  Statute Citation: Idaho Code § 16-1619
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
 

Illinois

    Agency:

Dept. of Children and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1460&ChapterID=32
  Statute Citation: 325 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/4
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-25ABUSE
 

Indiana

    Agency:

Family and Social Services Administration

  State Statutes: http://www.state.in.us/legislative/ic/code/
  Statute Citation: Ind. Code § 31-33-5-4
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or local child protection service
  Hotline: 1-800-800-5556
 

Kansas

    Agency:

Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services

  State Statutes: http://www.kslegislature.org/cgi-bin/statutes/index.cgi
  Statute Citation: Kan. Stat. Ann. § 38-1522
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-922-5330
 

Kentucky

    Agency:

Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children

  State Statutes: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/statrev/frontpg.htm
  Statute Citation: Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann § 620.030
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
 

Louisiana

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services - Child Welfare Services

  State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.la.us
  Statute Citation: La. Children's Code art. 610
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD. (1-800-422-4453)
 

Massachusetts

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://www.state.ma.us/legis/laws/mgl/
  Statute Citation: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 119, § 51a
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-792-5200
 

Maryland

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Resources - Child Protective Services

  State Statutes: http://198.187.128.12/maryland/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0
  Statute Citation: Md. Code Ann. § 5-704
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or local department of social services
  Hotline: 1-800-332-6347
 

Maine

    Agency:

Bureau of Child and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/
  Statute Citation: Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 4012
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-452-1999
 

Michigan

    Agency:

Family Independence Agency

  State Statutes: http://www.michiganlegislature.org/law/
  Statute Citation: Mich. Comp. Laws § 722.623
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: 1-800-942-4357
 

Minnesota

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/statutes.htm
  Statute Citation: Minn. Stat. § 260C.141
  Procedure: Contact police or county department; for non-emergencies county social service agency
 

Missouri

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services - Div. of Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.moga.state.mo.us/homestat.htm
  Statute Citation: Mo. Rev. Stat. § 210.130
  Procedure: Contact police or department
  Hotline: (800) 392-3738
 

Mississippi

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://198.187.128.12/mississippi/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0
  Statute Citation: Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-353
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-222-8000
 

Montana

    Agency:

Dept. of Public Health and Human Services

  State Statutes: http://leg.state.mt.us/css/mtcode_const/laws.asp
  Statute Citation: Mont. Code Ann. § 41-3-201
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-866-820-5437
 

North Carolina

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://www.ncleg.net/statutes/statutes.asp
  Statute Citation: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7B-301
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: contact local law enforcement for emergencies
 

North Dakota

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.state.nd.us/lr/
  Statute Citation: N.D. Cent. Code § 50-25.1
  Procedure: County Social Service Office
 

Nebraska

    Agency:

Dept. of Health and Human Services

  State Statutes: http://statutes.unicam.state.ne.us/
  Statute Citation: Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-711
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-652-1999
 

New Hampshire

    Agency:

Dept. of Health and Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/indexes/default.asp
  Statute Citation: N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 169-C:30
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-894-5533; Police after hours
 

New Jersey

    Agency:

Div. of Youth and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
  Statute Citation: N.J. Stat. Ann. § 9:6-8.10
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873) 1-800-835-5510 (TTY/TDD)
 

New Mexico

    Agency:

Children, Youth, and Families Dept.

  State Statutes: http://198.187.128.12/newmexico/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0
  Statute Citation: N.M. Stat. Ann. § 32A-4-3
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-800-797-3260
 

Nevada

    Agency:

Division of Child and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/law1.cfm
  Statute Citation: Nev. Rev. Stat. 432B.230
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-992-5757
 

New York

    Agency:

Office of Children and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi
  Statute Citation: N.Y. Soc. Serv. § 415
  Procedure: Contact hotline
  Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
 

Ohio

    Agency:

Job and Family Services Dept.

  State Statutes: http://www.state.oh.us/ohio/ohiolaws.htm
  Statute Citation: Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.421
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: (614) 722-6800 or 1-800-CHILDREN
 

Oklahoma

    Agency:

Children and Family Services Dept.

  State Statutes: http://www2.lsb.state.ok.us/tsrs/os_oc.htm
  Statute Citation: Okla. Stat. § 10-7103
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or state agency at 405-521-3777
  Hotline: 1-800-522-3511
 

Oregon

    Agency:

Dept. of Human Services

  State Statutes: http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/home.html
  Statute Citation: Or. Rev. Stat. § 419B.015
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
 

Pennsylvania

    Agency:

Dept. of Public Welfare

  State Statutes: http://www.pacode.com
  Statute Citation: 49 Pa. Code § 13.301
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-932-0313
 

Rhode Island

    Agency:

Dept. of Children, Youth, & Families

  State Statutes: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/Statutes.html
  Statute Citation: R.I. Gen. Laws § 40-11-2
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-742-4453
 

South Carolina

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://www.lawresearch.com/v10/state/csscjtut.htm
  Statute Citation: S.C. Code § 20-7-510
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county DSS office
 

South Dakota

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/index.cfm
  Statute Citation: S.D. Codified Laws § 26-8A-8
  Procedure: Contact county department or law enforcement
 

Tennessee

    Agency:

Dept. of Children's Services

  State Statutes: http://198.187.128.12/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0
  Statute Citation: Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-606
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-877-237-0004
 

Texas

    Agency:

Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services

  State Statutes: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/statutes.html
  Statute Citation: Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 261.104
  Procedure: Contact law enfrocement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-252-5400
 

Utah

    Agency:

Div. of Child and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.le.state.ut.us/~code/code.htm
  Statute Citation: Utah Code Ann. § 62A-403
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: (800) 678-9399
 

Virginia

    Agency:

Dept. of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://leg1.state.va.us/000/src.htm
  Statute Citation: Va. Code Ann. § 63.1-248.3
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-552-7096
 

Vermont

    Agency:

Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services

  State Statutes: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=33&Chapter=049&Section=04914
  Statute Citation: Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 33, § 4914
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or district department
  Hotline: 1-800-649-5285 (after hours)
 

Washington

    Agency:

Dept. of Social and Health Services

  State Statutes: http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/rcw.htm
  Statute Citation: Wash. Rev. Code § 26.44.040
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-866-ENDHARM
 

Wisconsin

    Agency:

Dept. of Health and Family Services

  State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/Statutes.html
  Statute Citation: Wis. Stat. § 48.981
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department where the child lives
  Hotline: 414-220-SAFE (7233) 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

West Virginia

    Agency:

Office of Social Services

  State Statutes: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=49&art=6A6A-5
  Statute Citation: W. Va. Code § 49-6A-5
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: 1-800-352-6513
 

Wyoming

    Agency:

Dept. of Family Services

  State Statutes: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title14/T14CH3AR2.htm
  Statute Citation: Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 14-3-206
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department or local DFS office
 
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