Reporting Child Abuse

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, 
call 1-800-649-5285 to report it (24/7).

Who must report child abuse & neglect?

Anyone can report suspected child abuse and neglect; however, mandated reporters are legally required to report suspected abuse or neglect to Family Services—within 24 hours.

What happens when I call?

A social worker question you about the situation, ask you to complete a written report, in some cases, to gather more information. You can fax your written report to (802) 241-3301.

Try to have as much information on hand as possible (e.g., parents' names and the child’s name, date of birth, address, school or child care facility).


Is my report confidential?

We will not divulge your identity unless:

  • You give us your permission to do so;
  • Your report leads to a court or human services board proceeding;
  • A court finds probable cause to believe your report was not made in good faith and orders DCF to divulge your identity; or
  • The person substantiated for abuse requests a review of the decision, and we determine that identifying information about you can be provided without compromising your safety.

Where Can I Get More Information?