Thank you for doing your part to support families, caring for children and youth, and continuing to keep our communities safe.
During this unprecedented time, families may be dealing with added stress, a change in schedules, children at home doing virtual learning and feelings of isolation. DCYF would like you to know that you are not alone and we’re here to provide resources and help when needed. Below are some resources for families in need of support:
- 5 Protective Factors for Strong Families
- About Strengthening Families and the Protective Factors Framework
- Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 (available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Somali and Spanish)
- Help Me Grow Washington
- Parent Trust Help Line
In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the closures of schools and social distancing efforts have limited mandatory reporters’ access to children and youth, making it harder to detect abuse or neglect – leaving many children at risk. That is why we are relying on the public more than ever to report child abuse and neglect by calling 866-363-4276.
We’ve compiled a list of publications that can help you recognize the signs of child abuse. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is happening in a family; however, when signs appear repeatedly or in combination, you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse.
Feel free to share these with friends, family, colleagues and on social media:
- Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Guide
- Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
- 9 Signs of Child Abuse to Recognize During a Video Call
- How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect
Find your local intake number to report child abuse or neglect:
- Region 1 – North Eastern Washington Counties
- Region 2 – South Eastern Washington Counties
- Region 3 – North Western Washington Counties
- Region 4 – King County
- Region 5 – Kitsap and Pierce Counties
- Region 6 – South Western Washington Counties
We would like to thank you once again for the role you play in the lives of Washington’s children. We could not do our work without you.