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County offices are closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. 

Use the following contact information to report or learn more about various forms of abuse and neglect.

Note: If child sexual abuse has occurred within the past three to five days, report this immediately to determine if the child needs to be taken to a Sexual Assault Forensic Evaluation (SAFE) Center for an acute medical exam and possible forensic-DNA evidence collection.

ContactRegarding
Call 911 to file a report.
  • Abandoned children
  • Emergencies involving child safety
  • Sexual child abuse
  • Abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult
Adult Protective Services
Phone: 410-887-8463
  • Suspected abuse or neglect
  • Exploitation
Department of Social Services
Phone: 410-853-3000 
After Hours: 410-583-9398
Reporting Hotline: 410-887-8463
  • General concern for child's safety 
  • Suspected child abuse/neglect 
  • Questions about child discipline
  • Community counseling services 
  • Support groups for parents
Family Violence Unit
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
24-Hour Hotline: 410-828-6390
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referral
  • Support

For Adults

Adult Protective Services is a program that serves persons age 18 or over who lack the physical or mental capacity to provide for their daily needs. The purpose of the program is to prevent or remedy abuse, exploitation, neglect and self-neglect of adults who are unable to protect their own interests and are at risk of immediate harm to themselves or others. Persons who report the need for Adult Protective Services are protected under the law and may choose to remain anonymous.

For Children

Child Protective Services provides assistance to families to:

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of children and protect them from further abuse and neglect
  • Support families in accessing resources to keep children safe
  • Keep children with their families, if safe and appropriate

Child Advocacy Center

The Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a multidisciplinary team that consists of the following professionals:

  • Child Protective Services social workers
  • Crimes Against Children police detectives
  • Forensic interviewers
  • Mental health treatment providers for victims of sexual abuse
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Prosecutors from the State’s Attorney Office
  • Victim advocates 

The CAC is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and aims to:

  • Protect children who are victims of child abuse through interagency collaboration in all phases of investigation, prosecution and treatment planning.
  • Provide victims of child abuse with comprehensive and coordinated forensic interviews, medical evaluation and treatment, psychological and social assessments and follow-up care
  • Educate the public on the recognition and reporting of child maltreatment

About the Intake Process

Do not bring your child to the CAC when the allegation of abuse is first reported, as Police and Child Protective Services must first be involved. In order to ensure that we collect the most accurate information/evidence for an investigation, we cannot interview children without the coordinated approach of the multidisciplinary team.

Helpful Definitions

Child abuse and neglect are legal terms and are defined by the Maryland Family Law Article 5-701.

Local Resources

Find local organizations and resources for victims of abuse.

Contact Us

Department of Social Services

6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Hours:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone:

410-853-3000

Report Abuse or Neglect: 410-887-8463

Director

Gregory Wm. Branch
M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP

Deputy Director

Mark Millspaugh

 
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