Report Abuse -
If you suspect a child is being abused, contact your local Child Welfare Office. How do you respond to a child who reports abuse? Tell the child that you believe them and that you are going to contact people who can help. Respect the privacy of the child. The child will need to tell their story in detail later, so don't press the child for details. Remember, you need only suspect abuse to make a report. Don't display horror, shock, or disapproval of parents, child, or the situation. Don't place blame or make judgments about the parent or child. Believe the child if she/he reports sexual abuse. It is rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.

If someone is being hurt or is in danger right now, call 911 immediately.
Klamath County Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Number
541-883-5570 - Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
911 - After Hours or Emergency

Crisis Hotline - 1-800-4-A-Child
Childhelp National Child Abuse 24-Hour Confidential Hotline.

"Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. It can be overwhelming at times. Most parents want to do a good job of raising children. But unlike other jobs where you get special training, most parents are left to do the best they can, with what they know from their own experience. There's no need to feel that you are all alone or that no one cares. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is always there to help you. The Hotline is staffed by degreed, professional counselors who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. All calls are anonymous and toll-free." Childhelp.

You should know:

  • No one has the right to abuse you.
  • You don't deserve to be abused.
  • If you are being abused, you are a victim.
  • It's not your fault that you are being treated this way.
  • It is wrong that you are suffering this pain, fear or sadness.
  • You are not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too.
  • Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won't tell.
  • There are people who care about you and want to help you.
  • If you are being abused, please tell a safe person - that's someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parents. You can also talk to a Childhelp USA hotline counselor.
Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD, then push 1 to talk to a hotline counselor. The Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline counselors work with translators who speak 140 languages to help people who call and speak something other than English. All calls are anonymous. The hotline counselors don't know who you are and you don't have to tell them." Childhelp.

How to protect yourself from abuse.

  • Do not be alone with anyone who hurts you.
  • Listen to the little voice inside when it says that what is being done to you isn't right.
  • Find an adult you trust and tell them what is happening. If they don't believe, you, keep telling until someone does believe you.
  • If you are too nervous or scared to tell someone you know about the abuse, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
Community Resources -
Recognizing the relationship between strong families and good outcomes for children, this Community Resource Guide is dedicated to our children and families in Klamath County.

Healthy Children, Healthy Community -
Each interaction with a child is a meaningful relational opportunity. The Six Core Strengths for Healthy Brain Development were developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow, The Child Trauma Academy. Each core strength is a building block in a child's development. Together, they provide a strong foundation for his or her future health, happiness and productivity. We simply must do all we can for children so they can grow up to be healthy, contributing adults in our community.

Signs of Child Abuse
The following are a few of the physical and behavioral signs of child abuse and neglect. Please note that the listed signs of child abuse in each category may pertain to more than one type of abuse or neglect. For example, "lack of concentration" could be a sign of sexual abuse, as well as emotional abuse. Those indicated in bold lettering tend to be the most common signs and symptoms.

Physical Signs of Child Abuse

  1. Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object
  2. Bite marks
  3. Anti-social behavior
  4. Problems in school
  5. Fear of adults
Emotional Signs of Child Abuse
  1. Apathy
  2. Depression
  3. Hostility or stress
  4. Lack of concentration
  5. Eating disorders
Sexual Signs of Child Abuse
  1. Inappropriate interest or knowledge of sexual acts
  2. Nightmares and bed wetting
  3. Drastic changes in appetite
  4. Overcompliance or excessive aggression
  5. Fear of a particular person or family member
Signs of Neglect
  1. Unsuitable clothing for weather
  2. Dirty or unbathed
  3. Extreme hunger
  4. Apparent lack of supervision
For a more extensive list of the signs of child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD