Every child in Maryland should have a safe, stable, and nurturing environment in which to fully grow into their potential. Unfortunately, each year, thousands of Maryland children are exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Child abuse and neglect are adverse childhood experiences that have the potential to cause lasting, negative effects on health and wellbeing. However, with the appropriate education, response, and prevention strategies, we can create communities safe from maltreatment for all Maryland children.
All Maryland citizens should report suspected abuse or neglect to the local department of social services or to a local law enforcement agency. For information on making a report in Maryland, click here.
Are you a mandated reporter? Maryland law defines these individuals as those who, 'within the practice of their employment, occupation, or profession have reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect.' Mandated reporters are required to make an oral report as soon as possible to their local department of social services or law enforcement, and follow-up with a written report within 48 hours (Maryland Family Law 5-704). More information for mandated reporters can be found here: https://www.reportabusemd.com/