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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) 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

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