Reporting Suspected Abuse
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) within local communities are responsible for receiving and investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports are received by Children’s Administration/Child Protective Services (CPS) located in each community office and assessed to determine whether the report meets the legal definition of abuse or neglect and how dangerous the situation is.
Children's Administration offers several ways to report abuse:
Daytime - Find your local office number to report abuse or neglect in your area. Tri-Cities DCFS Phone Number (509) 585-3000
Nights & Weekends - call 1-800-562-5624 to report abuse during the evening or on weekends.
Hotline - call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276), Washington State's toll-free, 24-hour, 7 day-a-week hotline that will connect you directly to the appropriate local office to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
- Video: Abuse and Warning Signs
- Video: Talking to Your Child
- Video: How to Respond
- Information for Parents of Young Children
- Tips for Protecting Youth
Support Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)
Assistance for victims and/or families and friends of sexual assault and/or abuse.
- Phone: 509.374.5391(available 24 hours)
- Website: www.supportadvocacyresourcecenter.org
Safe Harbor Support Center for Children, Youth & Families
Report Abuse and Neglect. Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults, and children.
- Phone: 1.866.363.4276
- Website: safeharborsupportcenter.org/
Catholic Charities of the Tri-Cities
Variety of assistance for children, adults and the elderly.
- Phone: 509.965.7100 | 1-800-246-2962
- website: catholiccharitiescw.org/
About Know. See. Respond.
We as Y staff, members, community members and volunteers need to build on the work we've done and develop the three habits in child abuse prevention: KNOW. SEE. RESPOND
Protecting Children at Our Y
The Y is committed to keeping children safe in our community. This means educating ourselves and our community about child abuse and how we can work together to prevent it.
The YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making our community a safer place for children, especially during this ever-changing environment.
Stay informed of what is happening at our YMCA and community as well as letting you know of upcoming events.
The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.