As April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, you can potentially save a child’s life. If you suspect that a child 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. 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.

Listed below are the toll free numbers for the States that have them available. If a number is not listed, or if you need to report suspected abuse in a State other than your own, please call:

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.

State Hotlines
Alaska (AK)
(800) 478-4444

Arizona (AZ)
(888) SOS-CHILD
(888-767-2445)

Arkansas (AR)
(800) 482-5964

Connecticut (CT)
(800) 842-2288
(800) 624-5518 (TDD/Hearing Impaired)

Delaware (DE)
(800) 292-9582

Florida (FL)
(800) 96-ABUSE
(800-962-2873)

Illinois (IL)
(800) 252-2873

Indiana (IN)
(800) 800-5556

Iowa (IA)
(800) 362-2178

Kansas (KS)
(800) 922-5330

Kentucky (KY)
(800) 752-6200

Maine (ME)
(800) 452-1999

Maryland (MD)
(800) 332-6347

Massachusetts (MA)
(800) 792-5200

Michigan (MI)
(800) 942-4357

Mississippi (MS)
(800) 222-8000

Missouri (MO)
(800) 392-3738

Montana (MT)
(800) 332-6100

Nebraska (NE)
(800) 652-1999

Nevada (NV)
(800) 992-5757

New Hampshire (NH)
(800) 894-5533

New Jersey (NJ)
(800) 792-8610
(800) 835-5510 (TDD/Hearing Impaired)

New Mexico (NM)
(800) 797-3260

New York (NY)
(800) 342-3720

North Dakota (ND)
(800) 245-3736

Oklahoma (OK)
(800) 522-3511

Oregon (OR)
(800) 854-3508

Pennsylvania (PA)
(800) 932-0313

Rhode Island (RI)
(800) RI-CHILD
(800-742-4453)

Texas (TX)
(800) 252-5400

Utah (UT)
(800) 678-9399

Virginia (VA)
(800) 552-7096

Washington (WA)
(800) 562-5624

West Virginia (WV)
(800) 352-6513

Wyoming (WY)
(800) 457-3659

Source: About.com

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