Texas Abuse Hotline: https://www.txabusehotline.org
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: (800) 252-5400 or
Childhelp: (800) 422-4453
What exactly do we mean when we talk about abuse? Read this article to find out what constitutes abuse.
TEXAS CHILD ABUSE LAWS
Code section: Family 261.001 et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse
Failing to reasonably prevent others from CONSTANTLY inflicting mental or emotional injury impairing a child’s growth, development, or psychological functions; physical injury resulting insubstantial harm, or which is at variance with explanation given; sexual abuse, exploitation, use of controlled substance resulting in mental or physical harm to a child.
Reporting Child Abuse
Mandatory Reporting Required by: “Professionals” including teachers, nurses, doctors, day care employees, employees of state-licensed or certified organization with direct contact with children, clergy, mental health professional, attorney, reproductive health clinic worker, and person.
What Exactly is “Proper Authority”?
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect:
Having cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect.
Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Class B Misdemeanor: Physical injury resulting in substantial harm; mental or emotional injury; failure to prevent injury can be fined up to $2,000.00 and/or imprisonment up to 180 days.
Class A Misdemeanor: By child false report , which is fine up to $4,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.
How to Report Child Abuse in Texas – Hotline Numbers for Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect that a child is being abused, abandoned or neglected, contact the agency listed below, call your local child protective services agency, or call 9-1-1. Here is a link to the Texas state agency for children services and the telephone number to report child abuse and neglect in Texas:
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Toll-Free: (800) 252-5400
If you do not get an answer at the above number call Childhelp (800-422-4453) for assistance. Childhelp® USA is a non-profit agency which can provide reporting numbers, and has Hotline counselors who can provide referrals.
He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even the youths will become exhausted and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40: 29-31
Children 4 Tomorrow’s heartfelt purpose is for all children to grow up and thrive as mentally and emotionally healthy adults. C4T also develops a community awareness of emotional abuse. The organization centers on helping children who have endured mental and emotional abuse, providing them with sound counseling and adequate advocacy on their behalf. C4T strives to achieve these fundamental purposes through providing financial support to families with children in need of professional counseling and legal services.
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