Guidelines for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect affect more than three million children annually and cause the deaths of three children every day. Preventing and reporting child abuse is one of the most important things a community can do for its children. Franklin County Children Services receives more than 30,000 reports of child abuse each year and serves more than 30,000 children and their families. Child abuse and neglect often occur in families under stress or in the middle of a crisis. Parents and other caregivers are sometimes overwhelmed by pressure and may not be able to cope with personal, financial or marital problems. Drug and alcohol use may trigger abusive or neglectful behavior. And there is a growing correlation between domestic violence and child abuse.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call our 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000. Click here to learn more.