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Little League Provides State-Specific Information on Child Abuse

1) As of January 9, 2014, the following thirty-four (34) states had no new or pending legislation regarding the child abuse statutes: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

2) As of January 9, 2014, since the July 2013 update the following eight (8) states have amended or revised their existing child abuse statutes: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

3) As of January 9, 2014, the following six (6) states and the District of Columbia have pending legislation: District of Columbia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.

4) As of January 9, 2014, there is proposed legislation to amend the Federal Child Abuse statute.

As an addition to Little League’s Child Protection Program, in place for more than a decade, we are providing information that local league and district volunteers in each of the 50 U.S. states can use in knowing the proper procedures for reporting suspected child abuse. The information allows volunteers in any state to easily access information on statutory language, hotline reporting information and reporting requirements. More information on how to check an individual state’s laws and reporting information can be found by clicking the state link below and is current as of July, 2013.

Last year, Little League International provided guideline information on who must or should report suspected child abuse. This was developed with the assistance of the United States Olympic Committee. This information included a link to the Child Welfare Information Gateway provided by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, which also provides information on this topic. Those links are as follows:

To read more about mandatory reporting, with a summary of state reporting laws, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/manda.cfm

For state (toll-free) child abuse reporting numbers, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=W-00082

To search the definitions of child maltreatment by state, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/