Changing a life with a $5 dollar bill

 

If you’ve been a fan of Childhelp for a little while, you’ve probably heard about the National Child Abuse Hotline, but do you know how it works or about the people it helps? The hotline has received over 2 million calls since it first began operating in 1982.  These calls come from a variety of people in all kinds of situations: children at risk for abuse, distressed parents seeking crisis intervention and even concerned individuals who suspect that child abuse may be occurring.

The Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

The operators on the hotline are prepared to help all kinds of callers better understand their circumstances and deal with them appropriately.  For example, operators are knowledgeable and able to direct concerned individuals to the correct avenues for reporting child abuse.  They also frequently take calls from abused children who need to hear someone say that they are valuable and that no one has the right to abuse them.

The hotline receives no government funding and does not charge callers.  Instead it is supported by the generosity of concern organizations, foundations and even individuals, like you.  If you would like to learn more about how to support the National Child Abuse Hotline, click here.  Just $5 from you can help change the life of a child.

FYI… stay tuned for news on our National Membership Campaign, launching April 6.  For just $10 a month (or a one-time donation of $120) you can become a Childhelper and officially be a voice for children in your local area. Details coming soon…

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