Reporting Child Abuse

Reporting suspected child abuse or neglect may be the best thing you can do to help a child and a family. If you are a mandated reporter, it is also required by federal and state law.

Notice the word “suspected” above. An investigation of abuse or neglect is based on a reasonable suspicion that a child may be being hurt.  It is not based on proof or on your own investigation.  A reasonable suspicion gives a child protective services investigator a place to start.

Below is the telephone number to make reports in Mendocino County and links to more information about mandated reporting. Regardless of whether you are a mandated reporter or not the goal is to get help so the child will be safe.

Child Protective Services Agency of Mendocino County:
866-236-0368

or Download the SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE REPORT FORM HERE

To find out when the next Mandated reporting training is please contact Sheryn Hildebrand at 707-463-6503 ext 13

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