What to Expect
Please use this as a guideline. Every situation is unique and will be treated as the professionals involved deem it necessary in the best interest of the child.
Before you call:
When making a report of suspected abuse, be prepared to provide the following information:
- Child’s name, date of birth, and address
- Brief description of the child
- Any of the following if relevant: current injuries, medical problems, or behavioral problems
- Reason for suspicion
After you call:
The Police Department and/or Department of Social Services will coordinate to determine the best plan of protection for the victim and under what time frame. DSS and/or the police investigator may make a home visit to interview members of the household to gather further information.
If deemed appropriate to proceed with an interview and medical exam at the Carousel Center, find out more information and what to expect about preparing the child for a visit and the process HERE in What We DO.
If you would like to discuss the reporting process with a Family Advocate, please call The Carousel Center at 910-254-9898.