Reporting Child Abuse
- To speak to your CAC therapist during office hours (Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm), CALL 713-986-3300
- Outside of office hours (Monday-Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm), you can reach us at 713-986-3360
- To speak with the National Runaway Hotline 24/7, CALL 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
- To report child abuse, call the Texas Abuse & Neglect Hotline at (800) 252-5400
- To report rape or domestic violence, CALL 911
- For the immediate threat of harm to self or others, CALL 911 or go to the ER.
The CAC Tip Card and the Child Abuse Prevention Guide are handy resources that lists signs of child abuse and tips for handling situations in which you suspect or know of abuse. Download them now to stay informed.
- Familiarize yourself with the policies and practices of organizations where your children spend time.
- Confirm background checks are conducted on all employees and volunteers.
- Ensure policies are in place that prohibit situations where an adult can be alone with your child in one room when no one else is around.
- Make sure they actually follow these policies – ask your child, stop by, check in, be aware.
- TALK to your child. Talking about personal safety is an on-going dialogue, not a single event.
- Teach your children appropriate names for their body parts.
- Start Early and Talk Often about child sexual abuse.
- Use everyday situations to keep the conversations about personal safety ongoing.
Be vigilant and ASK questions!
- Watch for changes in your child’s behavior. If your child is reluctant about going to certain places or with certain people, ask questions.
- Notice their behavior before and after spending time alone with an adult.
- Pass it on. Educate yourself. Educate your community.
- Parents are our greatest resource. You have the power to make change happen in your neighborhood, at local schools and within child-serving organizations.
- Keep learning. Take the time to learn about the latest findings in the field of child abuse. Your knowledge protects all children.
- Connect us to the need in your community. If you know of an organization that needs education about child abuse, tell them about our education programs and encourage them to schedule a speaker.
- Talk openly with your neighbors, your friends and your families about the issues of child safety and the organizations who seek to help them.
- Share this video with any adult who has children or who works with children.
Check out this age-appropriate book list to talk with your children about body safety.