As the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association does not provide any direct services or intervention. However, we believe that protecting children and young people from harm is a community responsibility. We would encourage you to consider what you can do to help the situation first. If you witness or suspect child abuse or neglect you can also make a report to your local or state child abuse and neglect hotline. Depending on where you live, this agency might be called Child Protective Services, the Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services, the Department of Human Services or something similar.
You can also call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). This hotline offers anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. The Hotline serves the United States and Canada and can provide assistance in approximately 170 languages. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you feel that a child is in an emergency situation, please call 911 or your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Click on the steps below to learn more about how you, your family, friends and neighbors can help stop child abuse and neglect.
Other Critical Phone Numbers:
Child Care - Child Care Aware
Domestic Violence - National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Missing and Exploited Children - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
Runaway Youth - National Runaway Switchboard:
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: