April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jeanne Fowler, from Big Family of Michigan offers some tips on how to spot a child in need of help and what to do next.
How do you recognize an abused child:
The eyes of an abused and neglected child are blank, emotionless.
They show no signs of joy or emotion of any kind.
Most abused children do not establish eye contact. They will look over your head, at the floor, or at an object on an opposite wall.
What to do about it:
If you suspect child abuse/neglect, or you think something in a certain home just isn't right (but you can't put your finger on it), call the toll free Michigan child abuse hotline at 855.444.3911, or 911.
Keep a paper trail of your calls, logging the date and time.
Document the name of the person that you spoke with.
Note the case number for reference in a follow-up call.
If you find nothing happening from Human Services, call again and again. Do not give up.
You do NOT need to prove child abuse is happening. You only have to suspect it is taking place.
Listen to the voice inside of you that is telling you that something does not appear right.
Make the call! If you are right, you will have saved a life!.
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