suspected child abuse/neglect, anytime, 7 days a week
330-455-KIDS (5437) or 1-800-233-KIDS
If you are concerned that a child is abused or neglected:
Call us at 330-455-KIDS (5437) OR 1-800-233-KIDS (5437) and ask to speak with a intake social worker, 24 hours a day, 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.
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:
Should I Get Involved? A Guide to Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
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. Sexual Abuse is any act of molestation against a minor child. Emotional Abuse can be caused by constantly rejecting a child, exposing a child to domestic violence, 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.
DO THE RIGHT THING!
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.
Call Us With Your Concerns
You can call Stark County Children Services 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.
SCCS Will Help
SCCS 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.
Indicators or Child Abuse and Neglect
Mandated Referral Sources
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