Child Abuse and Neglect (cont.)
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When to Seek Help
Call law enforcement or child protective services immediately if you:
If the child is not in immediate danger, call your local child protective services or police if:
After you have called law enforcement or child protective services, you can call your child's doctor about treatment for physical and emotional injuries.
Childhelp, a nonprofit agency, provides telephone numbers and information about how to report suspected or observed child abuse or neglect. The national Child Abuse hotline number is 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). The U.S. Administration of Children and Families, under the Department of Health and Human Services, has established a Children's Bureau that supports the states in the delivery of child welfare services designed to protect children and strengthen families. For more information, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic.
In most states, child protection services are required by law to investigate potential child abuse or neglect within 24 hours.
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