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Child Abuse and Neglect

Statistics Show that

On a weekly basis (CPS) receives more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect.

In the 2001, an average of 2,475 children were found to be victims of child abuse each day

An average of three children die every day as a result of abuse for neglect.

Legal definition of Neglect - Neglect is failure to provide for a child’s basic needs.

Neglect could be the following: Physical Educational Emotional

Indiana Codes

Each state is responsible for providing its own definitions of child abuse and neglect that meet Federal minimum standards.

Code 31-33-7-5: A copy of the local child protection service shall immediately be made available to : Law enforcement agency, the prosecuting attorney and the coroner.

Code 31-33-7-7: When a law enforcement agency receives an initial report of child abuse, the following would be done:

A) Imediate notification of the report to the local child protection services.

B) Also to conduct an immediate onsite investigation of the report along with CPS.

Ways to Recognize the Warning Signs

  1. Nervousness around adults
  2. Aggression toward adults or other children
  3. Inability to stay awake or to concentrate for extended periods
  4. Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
  5. Low self-esteem
  6. Poor Hygiene

To Report Child Abuse You Might Be Asked the Following

  1. The child's name.
  2. The suspected perpetrator's name (if known)
  3. A description of what you have seen or heard.
  4. The names to any other people having knowledge of the abuse.
  5. Your name and phone number.

Child Abuse Organizations

  1. Child Welfare League of America -
  2. Family Support of America -
  3. Parents Anonymous Inc. -

Child Abuse Prevention May Include

  1. Volunteer at an organization providing family support services.
  2. Involve local faith communities.
  3. Distribute a local resource guide for parents.
  4. Engage local legislators.

National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child)