It is better to make a report and let Children’s Services evaluate the risk a child is in than to let the abuse go unreported. Reports should be made when abuse is first suspected and all reports are taken seriously. Our agency is obligated to keep the name or identity of a reporter confidential throughout the investigative process. Reports are investigated by workers who are trained to investigate and evaluate if abuse or neglect has occurred, and then take appropriate measures if abuse or neglect is substantiated, to protect the child. If abuse or neglect is substantiated, counseling and parent support can be ordered in addition to removing the child from the home, when necessary, and placing the child with a relative/friend or foster provider while parents work a plan toward reunification.
Helpful information to have available when making a report:
Names of all person living in the home, if known
Family’s address and phone number
Which child is the alleged child victim, if known
Date of birth/age of alleged child victim if known
Schools the children attend, if known
A summary of what suspected abuse or neglect has occurred
Ohio law requires some individuals to report concerns of child abuse, neglect and dependency to Miami County Children’s Services Board. These individuals include, but are not limited to: attorneys, law enforcement, medical/health care professionals, and school/day care personnel.
Who are the mandated reporters required by law to report alleged abuse and neglect?
Health care professionals
Speech pathologists or audiologists
Administrator or employee of daycare center
Employee of public/private children services agencies
Employee or authority
Persons rendering spiritual treatment acting in an official/professional capacity