You may want to contact Child Protective Services (CPS) for several reasons. The most common reason is suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Other reasons include applying for a job or doing business with the agency. Whatever your reason for calling, you should be able to easily contact CPS.
Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect
Determine whether you are a compulsory reporter. All states need to report suspicious abuse or neglect to some individuals. These people are often professionals who come into contact with children as part of their job. The following are usually compulsory journalists:
Teachers, principals, and other school staff
Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals
Consultant, Doctor and other mental health professionals
Law enforcement officer
Child Care Provider
Identify the evidence of abuse. You do not need to know with 100% certainty that a child is being abused. Instead, the proper reason is sufficient. However, you should be prepared to identify specific signs of abuse. Common “red flags” include:
The child is left unreasonably lonely or unattainable
The child is afraid to return home
In many places or on both sides of the body are injuries or other injuries
The child often has unexplained injuries, especially in a specific pattern (such as the catch marks)
The child lacks personal hygiene (dirty and / or torn clothes)
The child displays sexual knowledge which is unfair to his age
The child is in pain and it is difficult to sit or walk
The child is constantly starving and steals or begging for food
Serious illnesses are left
Decide whether to report anonymously or not. Each state allows people to report anonymously; However, the agency can discourage anonymous reporting. If you are a compulsory reporter, you may be able to report anonymously or not. Each state has different requirements.
If you do not want to recognize, then you should persevere and emphasize anonymity. You can also see in online reporting. If you are not talking to any other person, then it may be easy to keep your anonymity.
Search the Child Abuse Hotline. Most states have a hotline for reporting child abuse. Child Welfare Information Gateway Website keeps a list of state hotline numbers at https://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/?CWIGFunctionsaction=rols:main.dspROL&rolType=custom&id_id=5. This list is constantly updated. It also includes online reporting options if available.
You can also use the Childhall Hotline, 1-800-422-4453. This hotline can connect you to the right state agency after the number is unknown.
Call CPS. When you call, be prepared to answer questions about the child and the reason you are reporting. Try to answer in a solid and specific way. You do not have to answer every question to call. Common questions include:
What is your relationship with a child?
What is the child’s name, age and address?
What is the name of the suspect junkie? What is his relationship with the child?
What are the parents’ names, addresses and telephone numbers?
Can you describe the type of abuse, when it happened, and why do you think it happened?
Where is the child currently?
How do you assess the current level of child protection?
Do you have the names and contact information of other witnesses?
Report online. Some states may allow online reporting. For example in Florida, you have the option, which is available at http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline.
To check whether your state allows online reporting, visit the website for your state’s CPS. You can find it in the list from the Child Welfare Information Gateway Website.
If necessary, follow the written report. Mandatory correspondents should often follow an oral report with a written copy. There can be a form that CPS can give you to use. Generally, you must report the following information:
Names and addresses of parents or guardians
Details of child status
Contacting For Business Purposes
Identify your reason for calling. Before taking the phone, you should identify the cause of your call to the CPS. show cause. Perhaps you are calling on an application to follow or discuss other business. You should be able to clearly explain why you are calling in that situation when you are sent to a answering machine and need to leave a message.
You should also recognize that there is a specific person in the agency whom you should contact. If you know the name of the contact, your phone call will be smooth.
Do web searches. You can try to find a phone number in your Yellow Pages, but if it is not successful you can search online by looking at the phone number or email. If you are looking for a particular person, then type the person’s name and “Child Protective Services”.
If you do not have a specific person, you need to contact, just search for office space and “child safety services”. This search can pull a normal number for the entire office or switchboard.
If you are looking for job opportunities, then you should search the CPS website. Many agencies post job listings on their website. An agency can also post information about other business opportunities. A contact number should be provided with these ads.
Contact the phone operator. Another way to find a contact number is to dial “0” on your phone, which will connect you to the operator. You can ask this person from CPS for phone number.
If you have an AT & T cell phone, you may have to dial 00.
Call. You can call direct line or switchboard number. If you are sent a voicemail, be prepared to leave a message.
If you can find an email address and you feel more comfortable communicating with CPS by email, then proceed and send an email.
Leave your contact information. No matter who you talk to, leave your name and a contact number so that you can be called back. Also, make sure that which time is best for you to reach.