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Kentucky

All Kentuckians are mandated reporters. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Protection Hotline.

1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331

For contact information in other states, please visit our Report It page.

Additional Support:

Child help: National Abuse Hotline:
1-800-4-CHILD
or 1-800-422-4453

 

Caring For Babies

Crying. Diaper changes. More crying. And rapid brain development. Very young children are the most vulnerable to physical abuse. They are also developing new skills and learning by the example of those around them, even before being able to verbalize their needs.

Caring for Your Child
  • Crying is normal. If you feel frustrated with your child, it’s okay to leave the baby in a crib or safe place while you take some deep breaths and calm down.
  • Potty training takes patience. Be patient and understanding with your child. Research shows physical punishment and shaming are not effective ways to help your child learn to potty train. Instead, praise your child when she or he is successful. On average, potty training is an 18-month process.
  • The “terrible twos” will pass. Toddlers want to be independent and will tell you “No!” Use a calm tone and time outs to settle both you and your child.
  • Hitting and yelling don’t work and are shown to be harmful. Scolding, if used frequently, can reinforce negative behavior and cause attention-seeking.

 

Educate
  • Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have resources about children’s developmental stages and tips for helping caregivers through the big transitions that happen so quickly in babies.
  • Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance’s “Parent Primer” packet is full of tips for caregivers of young children. Download the packet in English and Spanish.
  • A number of free and paid smartphone apps can help parents learn about their child’s development, track their child’s daily needs, and even soothe their child. While Face It does not endorse any particular app, some popular apps include Today’s Parent My Family, White Noise Baby, and Eat Sleep: Simple Baby Tracking.
  • New and expecting moms can sign up to receive tips and updates on their phone through text4baby.
  • Teach your baby sign language so that they can communicate before they are able to talk. Babies as young as 6 months old can learn simple signs to indicate needs like mom, dad, eat, more, and all done.

 

Participate
  • Sign up for Kentucky’s HANDS program
  • Join Mama to Mama for moms’ groups and activities in Jefferson County
  • Attend a parenting support group. Search Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children by county to find one near you.

 

Activate
  • Volunteer with a Face It partner.
  • Can’t find a parent support group that fits your needs? Start one on your own. Read tips to get started here and a curriculum here.
  • Want to get more involved in educating your community about preventing child abuse and neglect? Contact us.
  • Interested in advocating for change in state laws or regulations? Check out the Face It policy agenda.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

Physical Abuse

Look for any bruising on a baby who is not yet pulling up and taking steps; bruising to the ears, neck, torso, buttocks, or genitals of any child under four years; unexplained injuries on children of any age.

Sexual Abuse

Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).

Fear of Telling

Children are afraid to tell about their abuse because they feel ashamed, don’t want the abuser to hurt them, don’t want to cause stress for their caregivers, or don’t want their abuser to go to jail.