Did you know that legislation, signed by Gov. Rick Scott, requires any individual who suspects that a child has been abused by any person to report that to the Florida Abuse Hotline.
Any allegations a child was abused or neglected by a caregiver will be investigated by the Department of Children and Families, while allegations of child abuse by someone other than a caregiver will be accepted at the Hotline and immediately electronically transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives.
Penalties for those who suspect a child is being abused but fail to report it have been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. Financial penalties also have increased.
If you suspect or know of any child who is being harmed, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or TDD (800) 453-5145. If you see a child in immediate danger, call 911.
The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. To make a report you can:
• Call 1-800-962-2873
• Use 711 for Florida Relay Services
• Fax your report to 1-800-914-0004
For more information and to read more about the Abuse Hotline on the Florida Department of Children and Families visit their website HERE.