Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
Some of abuse or neglect of a child include:
Overly passive or overly aggressive behavior
Đang chơi bàiStaying away from or being afraid to go home
Lacking clean or appropriate clothes, food, or other basic necessities
Conduct Parents Display That May Indicate Child Abuse or Neglect
Đang chơi bàiBerating, shaming, blaming, or rejecting the child
Đang chơi bàiRelying on the child for the parent's own emotional needs
Offering conflicting or unconvincing explanations of a child's physical injuries
Report Suspected Child Abuse
If an abusive event is in progress or you know or suspect someone abused, neglected, or exploited a child, call 911.
You may also:
Đang chơi bàiContact your . If you suspect a child is being abused, they can assess the situation and take appropriate action.
Đang chơi bàiCall the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) if:
Đang chơi bàiYou suspect abuse
You are a child abuse victim
Đang chơi bàiYou are a parent who needs help
The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates in the United States, its territories, and Canada.
There are also some other resources available with information on how to handle a suspected child abuse and/or neglect situation:
The has information on how to:
Đang chơi bàiProtect a child’s safety
Đang chơi bàiSupport families
Prevent child maltreatment
Report suspected abuse and neglect
The has contact information by state for reporting child abuse..Each state controls and operates its own child protective services. Visit your state’s health and human resources website for more information.
International Abductions in Progress
Đang chơi bàiIf your child has been abducted and is in danger of being taken outside of the U.S.:
Call 911 immediately.
If Your Child Has Been Abducted and Taken Overseas
Đang chơi bàiIf your child has been taken outside of the United States already:
Immediately and .
to help. These include:
Đang chơi bàiLaw enforcement
Đang chơi bàiAirport information
Your state’s center for missing children
If you fear your child is at risk of international parental abduction:
Enroll your child in the . You will receive an alert if a passport is issued for your child.
Follow these .
Contact for help and advice.
Đang chơi bàiLearn about .includes any image of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. A minor is anyone younger than 18.
Child pornography can include:
Đang chơi bàiPhotographs
Computer-generated images or pictures
Reporting Child Pornography
Đang chơi bàiTo report child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
By phone at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Child Pornography in the Mail
It is illegal to send child pornography through the U.S. Mail. For more information, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's section on .
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Last Updated: November 17, 2020