Each year in Oregon, about 25,000 reports of child abuse are made and many children die from abuse. You can help these kids. If you think a child is being abused, report it to the State Office for Services to Children and Families
(SCF) or a law enforcement agency. You may be their best hope. More than half of the children referred to SCF were referred by mandatory reporters. Get contact info or find a local child welfare office
Oregon Law Recognizes These Types of AbusePhysical Injury
- Bruises, welts, burns, cuts, broken bones, sprains, bites, etc., which were deliberately inflicted.
- Injuries may:
- Be in the shape of the article used (electric cord, belt buckle, etc.)
- Notmatch children's description of how they occurred (fracture from falling off sofa, etc.)
- Failure to provide food, shelter, medicine, etc. to such a degree that a child's health and safety are endangered.
Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation
- Children often:
- Don't want to leave school.
- Are constantly tired.
- Are left alone with no supervision.
- Have unmet physical, emotional, or medical needs.
- Any sexual contact in which a child is used to sexually stimulate another person is illegal. This may be anything from rape to fondling to involving a child in pornography.
Threat of harm
- Children often have:
- Difficulty walking or sitting; pain or itching in the genital area; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
- Poor peer relationships; fantasy or infantile behavior; fear of being left with someone.
- Inappropriate interest in, knowlege of, or acting out of sexual matters.
- Any of the behavioral problems listed under "Mental Injury."
- Any action, statement, written, or non-verbal message which is serious enough to make a child believe s/he is in danger of being abused.
- Children may exhibit any of the behaviors listed on this page.
- A continuing pattern of rejecting, terrorizing,ignoring, isolating, or corrupting a child, resulting in serious damage to the child.
- Children often:
- Have speech or sleep disorders.
- Fail to grow normally.
- Are very aggressive or withdrawn.
- Show an abnormal need for emotional support.
- Buying, selling or trading for legal or physical custody of a child.
- Does not apply to legitimate adoption or domestic relations planning.
What does reporting mean?
- Mandatory Reporters must report any "reasonable suspicion" of child abuse, according to Oregon law. You need not be a mandatory reporter to contact SCF with concerns of possible child abuse.
- SCF will assess the information given and take further action, if necessary.
- Your name will be kept confidential. Only a court of law can order a reporters name released.
- More comprehensive information on the symptoms of abuse and the law is available from SCF.
Who Must Report?
According to Oregon Revised Statute 419B010,
"any public or private official having reasonable cause to believe that any child with whom the official comes in contact has suffered abuse, or that any person with whom the official comes in contact has abused a child shall report or cause a report to be made..."
Those "public or private officials" include:
- Physician, including any intern or resident.
- School employee.
- Licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.
- Employee of:
- the Department of Human Services
- the State Commission on Children and Families
- the Child Care Division of the Employment Department
- the Oregon Youth Authority
- a county health department
- a community mental health and developmental disabilities program
- a county juvenile department
- a licensed child-serving agency
- or an alcohol and drug treatment program.
- Peace officer.
- Licensed clinical social worker.
- Certified provider of day care, foster care, or an employee therof.
- Naturopathic physician.
- Emergency medical technicians.
- Licensed professional counselor.
- Licensed marriage and family therapist.
- Court appointed special advocate, as defined in ORS 412A.004.