Reporting Child Abuse

All suspected child abuse and neglect must be reported to the 24-hour Division of Family Services (DFS) Child Abuse and Neglect Report line at 1-800-292-9582. You may also call any Law Enforcement Agency or 911, but not in lieu of contacting DFS. You are not required to provide proof.  Anyone who makes a good faith report based on reasonable grounds is immune from prosecution. 

Visit iseethesigns.org for more information about reporting child abuse.  


Parent/Caregiver Resources

Referral information for human service organizations in Delaware 

Call 211 or visit http://www.delaware211.org/ 

For more information about 211 see their brochure

 

Delaware Thrives

Information and resources about making healthy choices for families, visit: Dethrives.com  

 

Healthy Eating Information 

Visit: Choosemyplate.gov 

 

Home Visiting in Delaware 

For information about Delaware’s home visiting programs call 211 or go to http://dethrives.com/home-visiting/help-at-home

 

Infant Crying

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/shaken.html#

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/secure-attachment/when-your-baby-wont-stop-crying.htm

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/colic-remedies

 

Parenting Education – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Videos and information about parenting, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/parents/

 

The National Children’s Advocacy Center:

A national center that provides education and training about child abuse and supporting and protecting children who have experienced child abuse.  

Visit: http://www.nationalcac.org/

Delaware has three offices, one in each county.  Visit their website for more information. 

Visit: http://www.cacofde.org/

 

Hotlines

Childhelp USA
(800) 4-A-CHILD
Operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature and referrals.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
24-Hour Hotline and CyberTipline (for reporting child sexual exploitation)
(800) THE-LOST
If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The Congressionally-authorized Cybertipline is a means for reporting crimes against children. Reports may be made 24-hours a day, 7 days a week online at www.cybertipline.com

National Runaway Safeline
(800) 621-4000
The National Runaway Switchboard's mission is to facilitate relationships that ensure youth and families have access to resources in their communities.

Priority Response Crisis Helpline

1-800-969-4357

ContactLifeline Crisis Helpline (Sexual Assault)

1-800-262-9800

For more information or to “chat online” 5:30 pm – 11:30 go to: http://www.contactlifeline.org/ 

Domestic Violence Hotline

Child Inc.’s Domestic Violence Hotline – 302-762-6110

The SAFE Program at People’s Place II – 302-422-8058

Abriendo Puertas Bilingual Hotline – 302-745-9874