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In Indiana, anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect is occurring must make a report to child welfare officials. Here’s how to do that.
Dwight Adams, Wochit
Indiana law requires any adult who suspects a child is being abused or neglected to report those suspicions to state or local law enforcement.
Reports can be made anonymously 24/7 via the Indiana Department of Child Services hotline: 1-800-800-5556. An intake specialist may ask for the following information during that call:
- who was involved.
- what occurred.
- when and where it occurred.
- the extent of any injuries sustained.
- detailed information regarding the child, parent or alleged perpetrator’s names, addresses and phone numbers.
For more information about the hotline, visit in.gov/dcs/2971.htm.
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Resources are available for those who wish to learn more about how they can help prevent child maltreatment.
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana provides training materials and holds workshops and webinars for those interested in learning more about issues like identifying and preventing abuse and human trafficking as well as monthly cafe chats that delve into various parenting topics.
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The organization also keeps a list of grassroots councils and organizations in nearly every Indiana county. For more information on how you can get involved, visit pcain.org.
You can reach IndyStar reporter Holly Hays at 317-444-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @hollyvhays.