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You Care, So Be Aware - Child Safety Resources

Runaway, Missing, and Exploited Children

Baltimore County Online Resources

  • Baltimore County Police Department - Information Desk
    Provides general non-emergency information and provides referrals to the proper division of the police department for services. Call 410-887-2214 for general information or call the Baltimore County Domestic Violence Hotline for emergencies, 410-828-6390.
  • Baltimore County State's Attorney Office
    Reviews, investigates, formally charges, and prosecutes felony offenses including sex offenses with adults as victims, sexual child abuse, and physical child abuse.
  • The Counseling Unit
    The outreach and prevention branch of the Youth and Community Resources Section of the Baltimore County Police Department. They are a staff of skilled counselors who work with young people and their families with the goal of preventing crime and fostering positive interpersonal relationships and life skills.
  • In Baltimore County, there are many community organizations with trained staff to answer questions and help find the information needed to make informed decisions. Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources Directory is a listing of those organizations that work with children, youth and their families. Resources include information on domestic violence, emotional well being, physical well being, rape, and runaways. Connections has been designed to help you make a direct connection with the organization that can provide the most appropriate services for you.
  • It is the goal of P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) to monitor and assess the needs of youths throughout Baltimore County and provide an opportunity for these young people to interact with police officers in a positive setting that offers an outlet for social and athletic programs.
  • For information on counseling for returned runaways call Baltimore County Counseling Team, 410-887-5823.
  • For inquiries about training on missing and abducted child case investigation for law enforcement, call John Worden 410-887-5823 or e-mail

Online Resources Outside Baltimore County

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was co-founded in 1984 by John Walsh and provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
  • RadKids (Resist Aggression Defensively) is a personal safety and life skills educational program filled with hope, options, and realistic and empowering choices to escape violence. Their mission is to provide all children with the choices and practical skills they need to escape violence and or harm including: abduction, bullying, abuse, or sexual assault.
  • Escape School provides current information about abduction, kids and guns, general safety, and internet safety.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Crimes Against Children (CAC) Program provides a quick and effective response to all incidences of crimes against children. The CAC Program strategy is to decrease the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse; develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes involving the victimization of children; and enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through training programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice provides a variety of online publications on child protection.
  • Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. a crisis hotline that provides telephone counseling for those experiencing family crisis which could result in violence. Individual, couple or family counseling by appointment. Safe shelter for family members who must leave their homes in order to prevent violence from occurring. 410-285-4357 and Hotline: 410-828-6390.
  • Turnaround provides support, counseling and information to victims of sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence, regardless of sex or age. Counseling by appointment. Hotline: 410-828-6390, available 24 hours a day.
  • The Netsmartz Workshop provides kids, teens, parents, and educators information about internet safety and the risks children face online.
  • National Crime Prevention Council's mission is to forge a nationwide commitment by people acting individually and together to prevent crime and build safer, more caring communities. The Council tries to teach kids how to be safe on the streets by providing information about general child safety including stranger danger, internet safety, and Halloween safety. The National Crime Prevention Council administers the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign, whose public service ads have made McGruff? "The Crime Dog," his nephew, Scruff? and "TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME" national symbols for crime prevention.
  • Talking With Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative to encourage parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse.
  • First Call for Help - United Way of Central Maryland - Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and inform them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Hotline: 410-685-0525 or 800-492-0618.
  • Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene - A confidential, toll-free 24 hour hotline for youth 24 years of age and younger. Provides crisis intervention, support, and suicide prevention. Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0009, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • National Runaway Switchboard Anonymous and confidential hotline to help youth and families dealing with runaways. Hotline: 800-621-4000.

Revised December 20, 2011