IF YOU THINK A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911.

Report Child Abuse

1-888-767-2445 OR 1-888-SOS-CHILD

Calm a Crying Baby

1-800-4A-CHILD

Resources & Hotlines

Crisis and support contacts For Child Abuse

Reporting Numbers in your State please visit:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children’s Bureau

A listing of State toll-free numbers for specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Hotlines

Safe Baby Haven

866-707-BABY (2229)

AZ Safe Baby Haven

Help available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Safe Haven law identifies places where mothers can safely and anonymously surrender their babies without fear of prosecution.

Childhelp USA

(800) 4-A-CHILD

Operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature and referrals.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

24-Hour Hotline and CyberTipline (for reporting child sexual exploitation)

(800) THE-LOST

If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The Congressionally-authorized Cybertipline is a means for reporting crimes against children. Reports may be made 24-hours a day, 7 days a week online at www.cybertipline.com

National Runaway Safeline

Children’s Bureau

A listing of State toll-free numbers for specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Family Resources

Grandparent Information Center

(800) 424-3410

For grandparents raising grandchildren, professionals, support groups, researchers and policy makers. ing to discuss issues related to raising children.

Parent Resources

Arizona’s Children Association

(928) 443-1991
ArizonasChildren.org
Email

Arizona Friends of Foster Care

AFFCF.org

Baby Center

BabyCenter.org

Expert advice, community forums, news and blogs

Birth to Five Helpline 

(877) 705-KIDS (5437)

Free call to child development specialists for any questions about children ages 5 and under.

Never Shake a Baby 

NSBAZ.org

Tips to soothe a crying baby

Parents as Teachers Program

PATP.org

Free home visiting program offering early childhood family education and support

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

PCAAZ.org

Fun parenting tips, important news updates and calls to action to help Arizona’s children

Text for Baby

Text4Baby.org

Health and safety tips from birth to age 1

The positive Parenting Program

TripleP.net

The Positive Parenting Program 

Yavapai Kids Book

YavapaiKidsBook.org

A searchable directory of all resources and services available to families in Yavapai County.

 

Under Crisis and Support

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center

(928) 775-0669

YFAC.org

Provides care and services to those who have experienced child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and/or elder abuse.

Prevent Child Abuse America

(800) CHILDREN

A resource for tips, referrals, and parenting materials. In participating states, calls will be connected to the state chapter. For non-participating states, the national office.

Healthy Families America® (HFA)

(312) 663-3520

An innovative initiative designed to support and educate new parents through voluntary home visitation.

National Children’s Advocacy Center

(256) 533-KIDS (5437)

The National Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that provides training, prevention, and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect.

Circle of Parents

(773) 257-0111×3

A family support program offering free weekly meetings for anyone in a parenting role wanting to discuss issues related to raising children.

Child Abuse and Neglect

In the USA, an estimated 906,000 children are victims of abuse and neglect every year. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, the scars can be deep and long lasting, often leading to future child abuse.

Sadly, child abuse is much more common then you might think. Yet it is still inexcusable. Child abuse happens in many different ways, yet the result is the same — serious physical harm, as well as emotional harm, which damage a child’s sense of self and the ability to create healthy relationships.

One of the most painful effects of child abuse is the tendency for abuse to repeat itself in subsequent generations. One in every three abused or neglected children will grow up to become an abusive parent.

Physical punishment (the use of physical force with the intent of inflicting bodily pain but not injury) for the purpose of correction or control, used to be a very common form of discipline. Most of us know it as spanking or paddling. Many of us may feel we were spanked as children without damage to body or feelings. The widespread use of physical punishment, however, doesn’t necessarily make it acceptable. The level of force used by an angry or frustrated parent or caregiver can easily get out of hand and lead to injury. Yet, even if it doesn’t, what a child learns from being hit as punishment is less about why what they’ve done (or not done) is right or wrong than about behaving out of fear of being hit.

What to do if you know about abuse

If a child begins to talk to you about a situation of abuse, you might not know what to say. The best help you can provide is a calm reassurance and unconditional support that you are hearing what they are saying. It is a tremendous act of courage for a child to come forward and speak about what happened.

  • Avoid denial and remain calm
  • Be reassuring that it was not their fault
  • Don’t interrogate or ask leading questions
  • Call to get help or report abuse

Think of the child and do the right thing.

Warning Signs of Different Types of Abuse

Warning Signs of Physical Abuse

Most physically abusive parents and caregivers insist that their actions are simply forms of discipline; they feel what they’ve done is a way to make children learn to behave. However, there’s quite a difference between giving an unmanageable child or an upset infant a swat on the backside and twisting the child’s arm until it breaks. Physical abuse can include striking a child with the hand, fist or foot or hitting with an object. Abuse is also shaking, burning, pushing, pulling, pinching, biting or throwing a child.

Signs of Physical Abuse:

  • Unexplained bruises, welts or cuts
  • Fearful or shy away from touch
  • Clothing may be inappropriate for weather (long sleeved pants and shirt)

Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse takes many forms through both words and actions. Words can hurt. If a parent or caregiver is constantly belittling, shaming and humiliating a child, it’s abuse. If they are name-calling (including “no good,” “worthless,” “a mistake”), yelling, threatening, bullying, or withholding love and affection, it’s abuse. If a parent or caregiver are ignoring or rejecting a child, or exposing a child to inappropriate situations, actions or behaviors, it’s abuse.

Signs of Emotional Abuse:

  • Excessively shy, fearful or afraid of doing something wrong
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Uncontrolled aggression
  • An older child behaving “young”
  • Warning Signs of Child Neglect

Warning Signs of Neglect

Neglect is a pattern of failing to provide for a child’s basic needs, endangering their physical and psychological well-being.

Signs of Neglect:

  • Consistently dressed inappropriately for the weather
  • Ill-fitting, dirty clothes and shoes
  • Consistently bad hygiene
  • Untreated illness or untreated physical injuries

Reporting Child Abuse

Myths & Facts

I don’t want to interfere in someone else’s family.

The effects of child abuse last a lifetime. Help break the cycle of child abuse.

What if my phone call breaks up someone’s home?

Child Protective Services number one priority is keeping children in their home. A child abuse report does not mean a child is automatically removed, unless the child is clearly in danger.

They will know it’s me reporting them.

Reporting is anonymous. The child abuser cannot find out who made the call.

It won’t make a difference what I have to say.

If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, it’s better to advocate for the child than be sorry you didn’t. Even if you don’t have the whole picture, other people may have also seen what you have seen. A pattern can help identify child abuse that might have otherwise gone unreported.