The process of how you report child abuse is about to change
The process for reporting child abuse is about to change
The process to report Child Abuse will soon be changing and it could make the procedure quicker and easier.
To better streamline the process, soon when you call in to report child abuse, it will be handled on a statewide level, instead of by each county.
When someone calls the Child Abuse Hotline number, county supervisors with your local Department of Health and Human Resources answer and respond to the call. But starting next month, statewide representatives with DHHR will answer and respond to every call. The Executive Director of Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center explained the reasoning behind this adjustment.
"What it will do is consolidate. The intent is for there to be a consistent method of assessing each call where as now it is done locally, then it will be done centrally," Scott Miller told us.
Miller said this modification won't have any direct affect on the caller. The new approach will be changed on a county-by-county basis.
This new process goes into effect July 1st.
To report abuse, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (800) 352-6513
P.O. Box 509
Ghent, WV 25843
Main (304) 787-5959