Ohio Safe Haven Law

You can leave your baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital, emergency medical service provider or law enforcement agency in Ohio. In Ohio, no one ever has to abandon a child ever again. Call the Confidential Toll Free Hotline 1-888-510-BABY or Visit Baby Safe Haven For More Information.

Abuse & Neglect FAQs

What are Abuse & Neglect? Abuse is an act inflicted against a child, which causes injury.  It could be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect is a failure to act on a child's behalf.  It may not produce visible signs and it usually occurs over time.  Neglect can be physical or emotional. Who should report abuse or neglect? Anyone who suspects a child has been maltreated or is at risk of abuse or neglect is encouraged to make a report.  This includes family, friends and neighbors.  Professionals who work with children, such as teachers, police and medical practitioners are required to report.  Your report is confidential.  Your name will not be revealed. Nearly all children stay with their families. We do everything we can to keep families together whenever possible.  In more than 90 percent of all cases children remain with their families.  When parents cannot provide a safe home for their children, we first look for other relatives or friends for help. We are strength based and family centered. We look for the positive attributes that have made a family work.  We build on these attributes so families can recover from a crisis and grow stronger.  Strong families make it possible for children to live in a safe home where they can grow up healthy and happy. How is Children Services funded? Most of our programs are made possible thanks to generous community support from our local operating levy.  Other funding comes from state and federal sources.

How To Recognize

Abuse is the physical or psychological maltreatment of a child.  It is an action, or lack of action, which endangers a child’s physical, psychological or emotional health and development.  Abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Some indicators of physical, sexual and emotional abuse are: unexplained bruising, burns or injuries, shyness or antisocial behavior, sudden changes in behavior, poor school attendance, complaints of genital pain, pregnancy, poor social relationships and self-isolation. Neglect is a failure to act on a child’s behalf.  It may not produce visible signs, and it usually occurs over time.  Neglect can be physical, emotional or educational. Indicators of neglect could be chronic hunger, tiredness, child appearing malnourished, untreated illness or injury, a lack of housing or items to meet the child’s basic needs.

How To Report

Call the Trumbull County Children Services emergency hotline at (330) 372-2010 to speak with someone 24 hours a day, every day. What information should I provide? When you call in to report a concern about a child being abused or neglected, you will speak to a screener who will ask you questions about your concerns. Some important information includes:
  • Name and address of child
  • Name and address of custodian/guardian
  • Child’s age
  • Nature and extent of your concerns
The more information you can provide, the better able we are to assess the situation. Normal Business Hours:
 Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Emergency Hotline is available at ALL other times - (330) 372-2010