Report Child Abuse & Neglect

Montgomery County Children Services.

Basics of Reporting Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Download our info sheet about the warning signs for abuse and neglect here

Child abuse and neglect are problems that confront every community in Montgomery County. In fact, in the past few years, we have averaged more than 3,500 investigations into abuse and neglect claims.

If you have a suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected, we encourage you to call 224-KIDS (5437) to report it. You can remain anonymous, but our Call Center caseworkers prefer to get your name and contact number in case follow-up questions arise. All calls are documented, and all callers are kept confidential by our staff.

Regular business hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, but emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please keep in mind that you should call 911 in life-threatening situations.

Call Center caseworkers will ask you a series of questions. Information we will request includes:

  • Names and addresses of the child and their parent, guardian, or custodian
  • Description of the situation of concern
  • Alleged perpetrator's access to the child
  • Child's current condition and location
  • Names of other members of the household
  • Information regarding evidence of past injuries, abuse, or neglect

People in certain professions are mandated reporters, meaning they are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters include:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Teachers and school employees
  • Children Services agents
  • Social workers
  • Lawyers and agents of The Court
  • Therapists
  • Clergy
  • Child care workers

Our agency's goal is to help children remain with their biological families whenever possible. However, when parents are unable to provide a safe environment for their children, we are committed to prompt planning for out-of-home care. We'll help the family make the needed changes so the children can return home as soon as possible.

If your family needs resources to make it stronger, please reach out to us at 224-KIDS (5437). We will connect you with community partners who, like us, strive to help Montgomery County families.

Investigations Reported Cases in 2022 Reported Cases in 2021 Reported Cases in 2020 Reported Cases in 2019
Physical Abuse 2,261 2,517 2,268 2,033
Sexual Abuse 322 397 423 399
Emotional Abuse 228 334 359 346
Neglect 1,801 1,914 2,008 1,894
Medical Neglect 85 92 94 109
Stranger Danger N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total CA/N Investigations 4,199 4,701 4,595 4,417