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:

AL· AK· AZ· AR· CA· CO· CT· DE· DC· FL· GA· HI· ID· IL· IN
IA· KS· KY· LA· ME· MD· MA· MI· MN· MS· MO· MT· NE· NV· NH
NJ· NM· NY· NC· ND· OH· OK· OR· PA· RI· SC· SD· TN· TX· UT
VT· VA· WA· WV· WI· WY


Alabama

    Agency: Dept. of Human Resources - Family Services Division
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-334-242-9500
 

Alaska

    Agency: Division of Family and Youth Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-478-4444
 

Arizona

    Agency: Child Protective Services - Dept. of Economic Security
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)
 

Arkansas

    Agency: Dept. of Children & Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-482-5964
 

California

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services - Div. of Children and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: Local (toll): (916) 445-2771
 

Colorado

    Agency: Div. of Prevention and Intervention Services for Children and Youth - Dept.
  Procedure: contact law enforcement
 

Connecticut

    Agency: Dept. of Children and Families
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-842-2288
 

Delaware

    Agency: Div. of Child Protective Services - Dept. of Children, Youth and Their Families
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-292-9582
 

District of Columbia

    Agency: Child Protective Services - Dept. of Child and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: (202) 671-SAFE(7233)
 

Florida

    Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-96ABUSE
 

Georgia

    Agency: Dept. of Family and Children's Services
  Procedure: Contact police or county DFCS Office
  Hotline: 1-855-GA CHILD (1-855-422-4453)
 

Hawaii

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: Contact police or department
  Hotline: 1-808-832-5300
 

Idaho

    Agency: Child Protection Services - Dept. of Health and Welfare
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
 

Illinois

    Agency: Dept. of Children and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-25ABUSE
 

Indiana

    Agency: Family and Social Services Administration
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or local child protection service
  Hotline: 1-800-800-5556
 

Iowa

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-362-2178
 

Kansas

    Agency: Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-922-5330
 

Kentucky

    Agency: Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-752-6200
 

Louisiana

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services - Child Welfare Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD. (1-800-422-4453)
 

Maine

    Agency: Bureau of Child and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-452-1999
 

Maryland

    Agency: Dept. of Human Resources - Child Protective Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or local department of social services
  Hotline: 1-800-332-6347
 

Massachusetts

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-792-5200
 

Michigan

    Agency: Family Independence Agency
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: 1-800-942-4357
 

Minnesota

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: Contact police or county department; for non-emergencies county social service agency
 

Mississippi

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-222-8000
 

Missouri

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services - Div. of Family Services
  Procedure: Contact police or department
  Hotline: (800) 392-3738
 

Montana

    Agency: Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-866-820-5437
 

Nebraska

    Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-652-1999
 

Nevada

    Agency: Division of Child and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement
  Hotline: 1-800-992-5757
 

New Hampshire

    Agency: Dept. of Health and Human Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-894-5533; Police after hours
 

New Jersey

    Agency: Div. of Youth and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873) 1-800-835-5510 (TTY/TDD)
 

New Mexico

    Agency: Children, Youth, and Families Dept.
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-800-797-3260
 

New York

    Agency: Office of Children and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact hotline
  Hotline: 1-800-342-3720
 

North Carolina

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: contact local law enforcement for emergencies
 

North Dakota

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: County Social Service Office
 

Ohio

    Agency: Job and Family Services Dept.
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: (614) 722-6800 or 1-800-CHILDREN
 

Oklahoma

    Agency: Children and Family Services Dept.
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or state agency at 405-521-3777
  Hotline: 1-800-522-3511
 

Oregon

    Agency: Dept. of Human Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
 

Pennsylvania

    Agency: Dept. of Public Welfare
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-932-0313
 

Rhode Island

    Agency: Dept. of Children, Youth, & Families
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-742-4453
 

South Carolina

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county DSS office
 

South Dakota

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact county department or law enforcement
 

Tennessee

    Agency: Dept. of Children's Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department
  Hotline: 1-877-237-0004
 

Texas

    Agency: Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services
  Procedure: Contact law enfrocement or department
  Hotline: 1-800-252-5400
 

Utah

    Agency: Div. of Child and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: (800) 678-9399
 

Vermont

    Agency: Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or district department
  Hotline: 1-800-649-5285 (after hours)
 

Virginia

    Agency: Dept. of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact department
  Hotline: 1-800-552-7096
 

Washington

    Agency: Dept. of Social and Health Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or department
  Hotline: 1-866-ENDHARM
 

West Virginia

    Agency: Office of Social Services
  Procedure: Contact county department
  Hotline: 1-800-352-6513
 

Wisconsin

    Agency: Dept. of Health and Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department where the child lives
  Hotline: 414-220-SAFE (7233) 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

Wyoming

    Agency: Dept. of Family Services
  Procedure: Contact law enforcement or county department or local DFS office
 

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