|Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
|Serving Gonzales & Lavaca Counties
|Reporting Child Abuse
If you suspect child abuse or neglect:
DO listen to the child.
DON'T try to investigate.
DON'T confront the abuser
DO report reasonable suspicions by calling the Abuse hotline at
1-800-252-5400 or your local law enforcement agency.
WHAT TO REPORT:
Child's name and age
Parent's name and address
Physical Indicators observed
Person suspected of abuse or neglect
Address and/or school of child
Any statements made by child
Behavioral Indicators observed
Relationship to child
|Changing Lives ~ Giving Hope
|To Report Suspected Abuse, call 1-800-252-5400 OR 911
|Texas Family Code (261.101) states that a person having cause to believe that a
child's physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by
the abuse or neglect must report immediately.
Failure to report is punishable by imprisonment for up to 180 days and/or a fine up to
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|It is not up to you to determine whether your suspicions are true or not.
A trained investigator will evaluate the child's situation.
|Child abuse and neglect affect the lives of nearly 50,000 Texas children each year. Childhood should be a time of happiness
and security. For too many children it is a time for tragedy and suffering. Unfortunately, home is not always the safe place
that it should be. The Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center encourages you to become an advocate for children
and work with us to make our communities safe for all children.