How Does A Person Report Child Abuse?

Every state has statutes regarding the steps that a mandatory reporter needs to take when reporting child abuse or neglect. Generally, a report would include the name and address of the child and either the parents or the person(s) responsible for the child, the age of the child, a description of the child`s injuries, and any other related information. There are also certain steps to take in order for the report to be shared with any relevant organizations such as social service and law enforcement agencies, as well as prosecutors` offices. Some states have special rules in cases that involve a child`s death or for a baby that has been exposed to drugs.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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