Protective Services

Report child abuse or dependent adult abuse by phone.  The statewide hotline
is 1-800-362-2178.  The names of reporters of abuse are never made public.

Child Welfare
 - Child welfare is the state's system of investigating and preventing abuse.

Safe Haven
 - Leave an unwanted newborn in a safe place.

Protection for dependent adults
 - Many adults are dependent on others. The DHS investigates allegations of dependent adult abuse.

Adoption and Foster Care
 - Learn how to access adoption records. Learn about becoming an adoptive or foster parent. 

Youth Services
- Learn about programs to help older youth in the foster system.


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