How is child abuse/neglect defined?

When children are abused, they have been seriously hurt, either physically or emotionally. This may also include any type of sexual abuse. When children are neglected, they have not received proper care or supervision. This may include children who do not receive necessary medical attention, who are inadequately fed or clothed, or who are inappropriately disciplined. Neglect also includes children who are left alone for long periods of time. We assess each situation on a case by case basis.

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1. As a reporter of abuse or neglect, can I be anonymous and still get information as to the outcome of an investigation?
2. Can you come get my out of control teen? I can’t handle him/her anymore.
3. Do you have the right to talk to my children without my permission?
4. How do I report that a child is being abused or neglected?
5. How is child abuse/neglect defined?
6. When should a Children’s Protective Services report be made?
7. Who is the reporter? I have the right to know.
8. Why do you have to talk to my children alone?