Where Can I Go For Help?
Every person who becomes involved with the child welfare system has individual reasons why. For some, it may be a single event that had some serious consequences. For others, it might be that life got really hard and slipped out of control.
Some may struggle with an addiction, problem, or an illness — their own or someone else's — that makes it unsafe for their children to live with them. Even a youth's own behavior, like refusing to go to school or running away from home, can be the reason to be involved with your local child protection agency. There are many places that can help. Your local Children and Youth office will refer you to some, and others are places that you can seek out on your own.
Here are some places that you can start with if you need help:
Financial and Medical Assistance/Benefits
Mental Health/Mental Retardation
To report child abuse,
call (800) 932-0313.
Children with Special Needs
For the CONNECT Helpline,
call (800) 692-7288.