According to Mississippi law, ALL adults must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. This includes doctors, police, teachers, parents, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members and friends.
If you suspect a child has been abused, you should contact your local law enforcement agency or report the allegation to the Mississippi Department of Human Services at http://www.msabusehotline.mdhs.ms.gov/ or 1-800-222-8000/(601) 432-4570.
The following are numbers to call if the suspected abuse or neglect is happening in other states outside of Mississippi:
- Arkansas: 1-800-482-5964
- Tennessee: 1-877-237-0004
- For all other states: 1-800-422-4453
When you call, it will be helpful if you can provide as much of the following information as possible:
- Name, age and address of the child
- Name and address of the parent(s) or guardian(s)
- Nature of abuse
- Identity of offender