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If you are worried that a friend may be abused or neglected, please contact Childhelp Visit disclaimer page , a national organization with a 24-hour crisis hotline number (1.800.422.4453). Childhelp's staff consists of trained counselors that can listen to your concerns and connect you to the appropriate local child protection agency or other helpful services in your community. Childhelp now offers text and chat-based support for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

The adoption of children who are in the custody of their State or county's Department of Child and Family Services is usually handled by local public agencies and/or private agencies under contract with their State or county.

Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, offers a web section that outlines the steps of the search process.

Postadoption services—services provided after a child is placed for adoption or after adoption finalization—provide support to adoptive families and may help reduce the likelihood of adoption disruption or dissolution.

State child abuse and neglect reporting laws do not specify the age at which a child can be left home alone. Information about the age at which it is considered appropriate to leave a child alone may exist elsewhere in your local, county or State policies or ordinances that address this special topic.

If you suspect a child is being harmed, or has been harmed, you should report your concerns to the appropriate authorities, such as child protective services (CPS), in the State where the child resides.

The goal of foster care is to provide a safe, stable, nurturing environment until a child is able to return home or until a permanent family is found for the child.

Parental substance use is generally recognized as a risk factor for child maltreatment; however, it is difficult to obtain precise, current statistics on the number of families affected by substance use issues in the absence of an ongoing, standardized, national data collection on the topic.

This letter from the Children's Bureau urges all child welfare administrators to work with state and local public health departments to ensure equitable access to vaccinations for all involved with the child welfare system.

This Program Instruction (PI) notifies States of the new policy and procedures regarding the collection of funds resulting from penalties being assessed due to a State’s substantial failure to meet the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) standards and requirements in 45 CFR 1355.40.