Child Abuse / Neglect

24-hour Hotline

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1(800)-4-A-CHILD
Phone: 1(800) 422-4453
24/7 Hotline staffed by professional crisis counselors who can provide assistance in 170 languages. Calls placed are anonymous and confidential. Crisis counselors can help with providing information on resources for agencies and counseling in your area, answering questions on how to report child abuse and/or signs of child abuse, as well as providing support and encouragement to child abuse survivors or people currently in emotional and/or physical crisis. Counselors cannot file a child abuse report or come to the home where the abuse is taking place.

Online Resource

Georgia Mandated Reporter Online Training
Mandated Training Here
This training titled Mandated Reporters: Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia is especially designed to help mandated reporters identify abuse and neglect, but is available for free to any Georgia resident who wants to learn more about it. The course has been approved by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

National Organization/Online Resource

Child Help: Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse
http://www.childhelpusa.org/
Mission Statement: “Child help exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach.” Website provides stories and statistics on child abuse and the effects and consequences associated with it. Also home to the national child abuse hotline.

National Organization/Get Involved

Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse
www.D2L.org
Phone: (843) 965-5444
Mission: “To end childhood sexual abuse.” Darkness to Light provides child sexual abuse prevention programs designed with the intent to educate people and eventually eliminate child sexual abuse. Dates for these trainings and locations in Georgia are located on the Darkness to Light website.

Local Organization

CHRIS Kids
http://www.chriskids.org/home-page
Main Office: 1017 Fayetteville Road, Suite B, 
Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (404) 486-9034
About CHRIS Kids: “The name is an acronym that represents our core values, Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. Programs and collaborative partnerships were created to fill gaps and, often, introduced new approaches in Georgia. CHRIS Kids has a proven track record of innovation and leading change in our community. While programs and services have changed, our mission has not. Our mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community.” Provides transitional services to a variety of young adults including those who are homeless or have developmental disabilities, support services for homeless and “at-risk” LGBTQ youth and their parents, as well as Voices Against Violence, which is a weekly group that helps teenagers 13 thru 18 who have experienced bullying, dating violence or abuse, and/or stalking.

Local Organization

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
http://georgiacenterforchildadvocacy.org/
1485 B Woodland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (678) 904-2880
Mission Statement: “The mission of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration.” Provides therapy services to children 3 through 18 who have been victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and/or who have witnessed a violent crime. Eligibility includes children who live in Fulton or DeKalb County or children who live elsewhere in the Atlanta metropolitan area, but have experienced abuse in Fulton or DeKalb County. Also provides referrals for people outside these designated areas. Family advocacy services, forensic evaluations and interviews are also available.  All services are free to children and families.