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Keep Kids Safe

CCC counselor, Jessenia Pagan, provides tips on prevention, recognizing signs and what to do with child abuse.


  • Know the signs: Scroll down to learn more.

  • Talk openly with children: Encourage them to tell you if someone is hurting them or making them feel unsafe.

  • Support parents: Offer a listening ear to stressed caregivers. Sometimes, a little help can go a long way.

  • Report suspected abuse: If you have concerns, don't hesitate to contact your local child protective services.

Know the Signs

Here are 5 top indicators of child abuse or neglect:

  1. Unexplained Injuries: Bruises, burns, or fractures, especially in unusual locations, can be a red flag.

  2. Behavioral Changes: Sudden withdrawal, aggression, clinginess, or bedwetting can signal distress.

  3. Changes in Appearance: Poor hygiene, constant hunger, or fatigue could point to neglect.

  4. Fearful Behavior: A child who seems excessively afraid of a caregiver or going home might be experiencing abuse.

  5. Trouble at School: Frequent absences, declining grades, or difficulty concentrating can indicate underlying problems.

Learn about physical, emotional, and sexual abuse indicators at

If you see these signs, it's important to report them.

Remember: You don't need to have proof - a suspicion is enough to call your local child protective services.

What to do if You Suspect Child Abuse.

If you suspect a child is being abused, here's what you can do:

  1. Report it: Don't hesitate to contact your local child protective services. Even if you're unsure, a report can trigger an investigation.

  2. Talk to the child (if appropriate): In a safe, calm manner, ask if they're okay. Let them know you care and are there to listen. Remember: Don't pressure them for details.

  3. Support the caregiver: If you suspect a parent is

  1. struggling, offer non-judgmental support and connect them with resources like parenting classes or mental health services.

  2. Seek support: Suspecting abuse can be stressful. CCC offers confidential counseling to help you cope and navigate this difficult situation.

Remember: Your concern can make a world of difference.


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