Resources

How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect
Call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276), Washington State's toll-free, 24 hour, 7 day-a-week hotline that will connect you directly to the appropriate local office to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Offices within local communities are responsible for receiving and investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports are received by Child Protective Services (CPS) located in each community office and assessed to determine whether the report meets the legal definition of abuse or neglect and how dangerous the situation is. Children's Administration offers several other ways to report abuse:

Daytime: (509) 363-3550 After Hours: 1-800-562-5624
Fax: (509) 363-4601 TTY: (509) 363-3567 or call 1-800-624-6186 to place a direct TTY call.

Questions that will be asked when you call:

The name, address and age of the child.
The name and address of the child's parent, guardian or other persons having custody of the child.
The nature and extent of the abuse or neglect.
Any evidence of previous incidences.
Any other information which may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child's abuse or neglect and the identity of the perpetrator.

You do not need to have all of the above information when you call to make a report, but the more accurate information you can provide, the better equipped the offices will be to assess the child's safety. Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family - it may even save a child's life.

First Call for Help: 509-838-4428

First Call for Help provides telephone intervention and community information services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year, regardless of age, culture, or insurance coverage. Trained volunteers, under the supervision of professional staff, are available any time, day or night, to provide supportive listening, immediate assistance to people in emotional crisis, up-to-date community resource information, 24-hour access to crisis response services and/or mental health services, and other confidential services.

Crime Check: (509) 456-2233

Crime Check is a service provided by Spokane County 911 for non-emergency calls. Please refer to their website for tips when calling and how to determine whether to call Crime Check or the emergency call receivers at 911.

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery helps parents who are having difficulty providing safe shelter and care for their children ages 0-7. They may be dealing with issues as complex as substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Or they may just be exhausted and worn-out from the demands of parenting.

DSHS Children's Administration (CA) is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington.

For other help in Spokane:

State of Washingtonwww.access.wa.gov
Spokane Countywww.spokanecounty.org
City of Spokanehttps://my.spokanecity.org/
Catholic Charitieswww.catholiccharitiesspokane.org
Children’s Home Societywww.childrenshomesociety.org
Directory of Grants for Single Mothers - http://singlemothersgrants.org/
Family Care Resourceshttp://www.community-minded.org/family/
Head Start www.iel.spokane.edu/headstart
Lutheran Community Serviceswww.lcsnw.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center www.mlkspokane.org
OneStopHousing.org www.onestophousing.org
Salvation Armywww.salvationarmyspokane.org
Second Harvest Food Bank www.2-harvest.org
Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center www.guildschool.org
Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP)www.snapwa.org
United Way www.unitedwayspokane.org
Volunteers of Americawww.voaspokane.org
YMCAwww.ymcaspokane.org
YWCA - www.ywcaspokane.org

For help anywhere in the United States:

Adult Survivors of Abuse
Adult Survivors
Child Abuse
Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline
1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453 )
National Children's Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs).
Darkness to Light - a national organization focused on educating adults about child abuseLutheran Community Services Family & Community Support Centers enable community members to access resources and build connections.
Child Custody
American Bar Association Section on Family Law
Child Sexual Exploitation/Missing Children
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Pornography Tipline (1.800.843.5678 )
Children Home Alone
Leaving Your Child Home Alone
Circle of Security Project
www.circleofsecurity.org
Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233); 1.800.787.3224 (TDD)
Health and Human Services information and support
2.1.1
International Parental Child Abduction
U.S. Department of State
Legal Help
American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services
Mediation/Conflict Resolution
Association for Conflict Resolution
Parenting
National Parent Helpline®
1.855.4.A.PARENT (1.855.427.2736)
Respite for Caregivers
ARCH National Respite Locator Service
1.800.677.1116 (8:30-5:00 ET, M-F)
Runaway Youth
National Runaway Switchboard
1.800.786.2929
Sexual Violence
RAINN - The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Substance Abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Victims of Crime
Office for Victims of Crime - Help for Victims