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Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family, and it may even save a child's life. In some states, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report it.

  • If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being mistreated, call 1-800-422-2253 immediately. This ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline can provide information on how to make a report.

  • Many states have a toll-free phone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. To find out where to call, check the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers list on childwelfare.gov.

  • If you think child abuse or a health and safety violation is happening at a child care program contact your state’s Child Care Health and Safety Violation Report Hotline. A list can be found at the bottom of each page on this website or click here.