Please call 911 if this is an emergency.
Children rely on the adults in their lives to help keep them safe and they need us to pay attention to the warning signs of child abuse and neglect.
But we know that one in ten children are not safe and are affected by child sexual abuse. If you suspect a child under the age of 18 has been abused or molested or is at risk of being abused or molested, don’t wait, make that call now!
In Maryland, all reports of suspected child abuse are confidential and are immune from liability unless they are purposefully erroneous or malicious.
If you suspect that a child is being abused please call the local department of social services in your area. Click here to find your local Department of Social Services, or you can go to our Child Advocacy Center page to find a local child advocacy center.
Click here for more information on reporting child abuse in Maryland.
Other Sources of Support
- 800-656-4673 National Sexual Assault Hotline Available 24 hours everyday
- 800-422-4453 (Childhelp) A national child abuse hotline with a crisis counselor available by phone, 24/7
- Withdrawal from friends or usual activities
- Changes in behavior or changes in school performance
- Depression, anxiety or unusual fears or a sudden loss of self-confidence
- An apparent lack of supervision
- Frequent absences from school or reluctance to ride the school bus
- Reluctance to leave school activities, as if he or she doesn’t want to go home
- Attempts at running away
- Rebellious or defiant behavior
- Attempts at suicide