If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, contact the Department of Social Services at 704-920-2277 (2CPS). For reports after 5 pm on weekdays, on weekends, or on holidays, call 704-920-3000.
Juvenile - Any person who has not reached the person's eighteenth birthday and is not married, emancipated, or a member of the armed forces of the US.
Caretaker - Any person other than a parent, guardian, or custodian who has responsibility for the health and welfare of juveniles in a residential setting. A person responsible for a juvenile's health and welfare means a stepparent, foster parent, an adult member of the juvenile's household, an adult relative entrusted with the juvenile's care, or any person such as a house parent or cottage parent who has primary responsibility for supervising a juvenile's health and welfare in a residential child care facility or residential educational facility, or any employee or volunteer of a division, institution, or school operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. Caretaker also means any person who has responsibility for the care of juveniles in a child care facility as defined in Article 7 of Chapter 110 of the General Statutes, and includes any person who has approval of the care provider to assume responsibility for juveniles under the care of the care provider.
Safe Home - A home in which the juvenile is not at substantial risk of physical or emotional abuse or neglect.
(According to NC General Statutes ~ N.C.G.S. – 7B-101)
Neglect - a juvenile who
Dependency - A juvenile in need of assistance or placement because he or she has no parent, guardian, or custodian responsible for his or her care or supervision, or whose parent, guardian, or custodian is unable to provide appropriate care and/or supervision.
Do not hesitate to report just because you do not have all of this information. Give us the information that you do have.