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Child abuse reporting options expand in Delaware

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The state’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) has launched a new child abuse reporting portal.";

Options for reporting child abuse in Delaware have expanded.

The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) receives an estimated 21,000 reports of abuse or neglect each and every year in Delaware.

“So large, large, large volume. And we want to have other ways for people to make a report of child abuse or neglect,” said Debbie Colligan with the state’s Division of Family Services.

She says if there is an urgent or critical matter - such as if a child is injured or if the child is in an unsafe situation - people should still call the child abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-292-9582.

But Colligan says there is now another option, “Other options that we have for reporting now is our new child abuse report portal. So it’s an online report at So anyone can enter information, as long as it’s not of an urgent nature.”


She explains how the new portal at works, “There’s prompt questions for you. There’s information that you can put in for any demographic; information you may know about the child, about the family, about a daycare or an institution where you believe abuse may be occurring.”


Colligan notes that people reporting to the child abuse and neglect hotline or the online portal can remain anonymous.

For more information, click here.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.