Report It

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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 Teens

Cell phones. Driving. Dating. “The talk.” Parenting or caring for teens can be overwhelming. As we guide kids through adolescence and into adulthood we are preparing them for a much bigger world. It is also the time where asserting independence, at times in very frustrating ways, is a milestone.

Caring for Your Child
  • Hitting and yelling don’t work. Scolding, if used frequently, can reinforce negative behavior and cause attention-seeking.
Educate
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Participate
  • Stay involved with your child’s learning and activities at school.
  • Know another parent who may need a hand with transporting children or child care? Offer to help out and reduce that parent’s stress.
  • Attend a parenting support group. Search Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children by county to find one near you.
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  • 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

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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.

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Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).

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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.