Each State designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Typically, this responsibility is carried out by child protective services (CPS) within a Department of Social Services, Department of Human Resources, or Division of Family and Children Services. In some States, police departments also may receive reports of child abuse or neglect.
Many States have an in-State toll-free number, listed below, for reporting suspected abuse. The reporting party must be calling from the same State where the child is allegedly being abused for the following numbers to be valid.
For States not listed, or when the reporting party resides in a different State than the child, please call Childhelp, 800-4-A-Child (800-422-4453), or your local CPS agency. (Revised 12/2002)
800-842-2288, 800-624-5518 (TDD/hearing impaired)
800-252-2873, (From out of State, call 217-524-2606)
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
800-792-8610, 800-835-5510 (TDD/hearing impaired)
New Mexico (NM)
New York (NY)
North Carolina (NC)
Contact the appropriate County Department of Social Services for the number for Child Protective Services.
North Dakota (ND)
800-854-3508, ext. 2402
Rhode Island (RI)
West Virginia (WV)