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If you suspect a child may be in danger, call 1-800-252-5400 immediately
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?