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ChildServ urges Illinois adults to become aware of how to report child abuse

Contact: April Redzic, Director of Marketing, ChildServ
aredzic@childserv.org (773) 867-7350

ChildServ urges Illinois adults to become aware
of how to report child abuse

As April marks the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChildServ urges all people to make themselves aware of how to report child abuse. Knowing in advance what to do can lead to a quicker response and better care for the child or children in question.

To report abuse, call the Child Abuse Prevention Hotline: 1-800-25ABUSE.

DCFS recommends calling the hotline whenever you believe that a person who is caring for the child, who lives with the child, or who works with or around children has caused injury or harm or put the child at risk of physical injury as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Some examples include:

  • If you see someone hitting a child with an object.
  • If you see marks on a child's body that do not appear to have been caused by accident.
  • If a child tells you that he or she has been harmed by someone.
  • If a child appears to be undernourished, is dressed inappropriately for the weather, or is young and has been left alone.

ChildServ's mission is to help Chicagoland's at-risk children and their families build, achieve and sustain better lives. Founded in 1894, ChildServ brings about change that helps children to build, achieve and sustain better lives. ChildServ reaches 2,700 children and families each year through foster care and adoption, group homes, child care, early childhood education and parenting support enhanced by healthy lifestyle information and college / career readiness support. The agency focuses on providing in-depth, community-based programs to underserved children, their families, foster parents and other caregivers in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.

www.childserv.org

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