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Anyone who knows or suspects that a child may be abused or neglected should call the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556. Calls may be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Mandated reporters include such professionals as doctors, clergy, social workers and teachers, but according to Indiana law, every Indiana resident has a duty to report child abuse or neglect.When a report of abuse and neglect is made:
The caller (who may remain anonymous) will be asked to give the following information:
A Child Protective Services (CPS) case manager will investigate as to whether the child is seriously impaired or his/her life is endangered. If the child’s safety is at risk, the court may authorize temporary placement of the child out of the home. The child may live with a relative, in a foster home or a group home. When a child is removed, services are offered so the family can be reunited as soon as possible.
A case plan for services to the family will be developed if abuse/neglect is found.
The person accused of the abuse may be prosecuted in criminal court.
If the child is returned home, CPS will continue to monitor for a time to assure child’s safety and help family avoid further abuse.REMEMBER: IF YOU HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED OR NEGLECTED YOU MUST REPORT IT!