Be the eyes and ears watching over our most vulnerable population.
You don’t need proof, and you can report anonymously.
Oklahoma Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-522-3511
Signs a child may be at risk of abuse or neglect:
- Unexplained bruising or injuries on the child.
- Parents or caregivers arguing or fighting.
- Child reporting not having food or being hungry.
- Child (under the age of 10 or has cognitive delays) taking care of younger children.
- Has advanced sexual knowledge for their age.
- Changes in the child’s mood and/or behavior.
- The child tells you they are unsafe or scared.
- The child tells you a friend or sibling is unsafe or something bad happened.
- If you have had no contact at all with a family after many repeated phone calls/messages.
- Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parent’s attention.
- Has learning problems, or difficulty concentrating, that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes.
- Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen.
- Seems to always lack adult supervision.
- Seems frightened of their parent or caregiver.
- Abuses animals or pets.
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families. In 1979, through encouragement and hard work by Childhelp Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson (joined by legendary actress Sophia Loren), President Jimmy Carter designated the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Four years later, President Ronald Reagan formally established April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Family & Children’s Services has joined other local organizations in drawing awareness to this important topic.