What To Know

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours daily with professional crisis counselors who use a database of thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

The Hotline’s services are available to professionals who need help to report suspected abuse. This includes school nurses, teachers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatric dentists, fire investigators, and members of the faith community. All calls are anonymous and toll-free.

The Childhelp Hotline counselors can:

  • Discuss signs and symptoms of abuse with you.
  • Help you plan a course of action.
  • Prepare you for what to expect when reporting child abuse.
  • Provide the number of the local reporting agency you should call. (The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is not a reporting agency.)
  • Recommend books if you would like to learn more about child abuse.

CALL 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), then push 1 to talk to a Hotline counselor.

For more professional assistance, please visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

For mandatory reporter training in Arizona, please see the Arizona Child Abuse Info Center.

Reading Resources for Teachers

My Yucky Feeling (by Anne Malver, author of My Safe PlaceFound here)

“Teaching children to trust their gut makes this book a must read for children & parents! And it’s an outstanding resource. As parents, teachers, and trusted adults it is our job to empower and educate our children. This engaging book is an important teaching tool that can save a child by letting them know they matter and they have the power within themselves. Think about donating one to your child’s school. That’s my plan!” – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

 

 

Educator and author Anne Malver has worked tirelessly in an effort to help victims of abuse. Holding multiple degrees in Education and Psychology, and Graduate Certificates in Special Education and School Counseling, Anne serves her community as a School Counselor in rural Western Washington. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Anne has a unique perspective which she brings to her work both as a clinician and as an author. Her book, “My Yucky Feeling” addresses the fact that we have an internal alarm system when danger is near. This can be described as My Yucky Feeling and can help keep us safe when in harm’s way. This book may be used as an additional teaching tool as part of an ongoing family dialogue about child abuse prevention education. Click here to order the book.

You can contact her by email at annemalver@gmail.com and can follow her on Instagram: @toolsfortherapists


 

Cate’s Magic Garden (by Betsy Coffeen)

Cate's Magic Garden

Written by Betsy Coffeen

A heartwarming and lavishly illustrated picture book to remind young readers that even in the darkest of times, “words change worlds.”

When Cate the caterpillar discovers a dried-up garden and the grumpy critters who call it home, it’s up to her to show Davey Dung Beetle, Pete Potato Bug, and Walter Worm how to make it bloom. Can Cate teach them to use the magic of friendship and the power of positive thinking to bring their garden back to life?

 

 

Betsy Coffeen is a mom, a Childhelp Wings Advisor, and a freelance writer, trying to make the world a better place one word at a time. She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband Clay and three children. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling with her family, and devoting her time to serving the children of Childhelp. She especially wants to thank her husband, Minnesota family, cherished cousins Stephanie, and dear friend Jamie Relei Ferguson. Click here to order her book.

You can contact her by email at coffeen2@cox.net

Downloadable Resources

List of Child Protective Services Phone Numbers

Child Protective Services