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Reporting Child Abuse - Ohio

Ohio

Under Ohio law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, child care provider, day camp providers, school teachers or school officials, among others) acting in their professional capacities who know of or suspect child abuse are required to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to a public children services agency or a local law enforcement agency. Any other person not specifically listed may report any known or suspected abuse.

Abuse is defined to include physical and mental abuse.

To access the entire child abuse act of the official Ohio Code online, follow:

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2151.421

On November 21, 2013, S.B. 152 was introduced and referred to committee. As proposed, S.B. 152 permits a court to grant a motion for permanent custody of a child to a movant if the child or another child in the custody of the parent has been adjudicated an abused, neglected or dependent. The text of the bill can be viewed online at:

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_SB_152

For more information of reporting child abuse in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/childprotectiveservices.stm
http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/reportchildabuseandneglect.stm

To report child abuse in Ohio, contact the county Public Children’s Service Agency. Contact information for each agency by county is provided here:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/County/County_Directory.pdf

Don't know the county? Call:
Childhelp® USA National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453)
TDD: 1-800-2-A-CHILD