How You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Teach Your Children What Sexual Abuse Is

Let them know they can trust you and that you will not be angry with them if they tell you.

Help Other Parents

Seek out a friend, neighbor or relative whose life is stressful and who might welcome a helping hand.

Become Involved

  • Call or write your elected officials
  • Ask them to support increased funding for child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment programs
  • Contact your local school district, community college, local library and religious leaders
  • Encourage them to sponsor classes and support programs for new parents
  • Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program or child advocacy site
  • Reach out to kids and parents in your community

Anything you do to support kids and parents in your family and extended community helps to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed
Call your local department of child and family services or your local police department

It is difficult for parents to stop abuse without help from experts.

The situation is best handled by law enforcement, child protective services and other agencies working closely with medical practitioners who specialize in the detection of child abuse.

If you're from the Central New York Area and you suspect child abuse
  • New York State 800 342-3720
  • Onondaga County 315 422-9701
  • CARE 315 464-2273 (CARE)
Outside Onondaga County, New York, for more information
Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
One Children's Circle
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-KIDS
Toll Free: 866 543-KIDS