How to Report Child Abuse
Report suspected child abuse/neglect, anytime, 7 days a week
(330) 455-KIDS (5437) or 1-800-233-KIDS
Call (330) 455-KIDS (5437) OR 1-800-233-KIDS (5437) and ask to speak with a referral specialist. This number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you are concerned about a child who does not live in Stark County and need to make a report, please call 1-800-4ACHILD. (1-800-422-4453)
To make a report you will need at a minimum:
- Description of alleged abuse or neglect.
- Current location of the child.
Please be ready to supply the following information, if available:
- Your name and phone number
- Family's name and address
- Non-custodial parent's name and address
- Name(s) of child(ren) in the home
- Date(s) of birth or age(s)
- School(s) and Grade(s)
- Explanation for concerns of abuse and neglect
- School attendance, grades, behaviors of child(ren)
Signs of Child Abuse or Neglect
Children who are mistreated can be physically abused, sexually abused, or emotionally abused; neglected; or abandoned. Physical Abuse is any injury resulting from beating, biting, burning, or otherwise harming a child or exposing a child to domestic violence. Sexual Abuse is any act of molestation against a minor child. Emotional Abuse can be caused by constantly rejecting a child, name-calling, or threatening a child’s safety. Neglect is defined as the failure of a parent to provide food, clothing, supervision, education, or medical care for a child. Children can be at risk of child abuse due to parental substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health problems.
Understanding your role in protecting children is important. You are doing the right thing by getting involved and telling us a child is at risk of abuse or neglect. Children must be able to count on us to make their world safe and secure.
You can call Stark County Children Services Division 24 hours a day at our office, (330) 455-5437 or 1-800-233-5437
When you call to make a referral, you will talk with the intake social worker who will ask you a series of questions about your concerns. You may not have the answers to some of the questions. That’s okay. Answer as many as you can, as completely as you can, so we can decide the best way to respond to your concerns.
Stark County Children Services Division staff will assess the level of risk to the child. If a child is at risk of abuse or neglect, we will either provide direct service or refer the family to other community organizations. The important thing is that the family can now get the help it needs.