Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

My child has

Pediatrician and child
Because childhood should be simple ...

Child holding pinwheelBeing a parent is hard ...
So is being a child.

Let us teach our children that hands are for holding and
words are for teaching.

Help protect our children. Change your Facebook profile to help raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

Discipline versus punishment. Learn the differences here.

If you suspect a child may be in danger, call the Texas Abuse Hotline immediately

Learn the types and who's at risk.

Know when and how to report abuse.

Expand panels

Know the facts of child abuse

Know the types of child abuse

Know the signs of child abuse

There are many warning signs for child abuse. Some of the most common signs include:

Bruising on the torso, ears, neck, or anywhere on an infant 4 months old or younger should always be questioned

Know when to report child abuse

There are 3 reasons we need to react to abuse.

Anytime you have a suspicion of abuse, you should call. Do not wait. It is not your job to investigate the situation first. By delaying your report, you could be putting that child in more danger and possibly at risk for death.

Know how to report child abuse

Call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can choose to remain anonymous.

You may also make a report online or call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 if:

What happens when I make a report?

You will be asked to give as much information as possible about the suspected abuse and the child's current situation. This could include:

Child Protective Services (CPS) will investigate the situation and determine what next steps need to be taken.

Based on the perceived severity of the situation, CPS has between 24 and 72 hours to physically lay eyes on the child to begin the assessment of the situation.

The family will not be given your name.

What if I'm wrong?

If the suspected abuse turns out to be nothing, the person making the report will not be punished in any way.

The question you should consider is: “What if I’m right?” Isn’t that child’s life worth it?

Related links:

The latest child abuse prevention information from Cook Children's Checkup:

Retrieving Data
Rocket Fuel