To accurately assess the
situation, the Department of Children and
Families (DCF) will need to ask you some
will help them provide the proper care for the child.
Here is a list of questions they will ask. It’s okay if you don’t know
all the answers. Just do the best you can.
• Who is the child (name, address, date of birth, etc.)?
• Who are the parents or guardians, and their identifying information?
• Names and ages of all other children in the home and/or family.
• Who is the alleged perpetrator (if known)?
• Dates and/or timeframes when the abuse may have occurred (if known).
• Present whereabouts of the child, and any other siblings in the home.
• The primary language of the child and their family.
• Any knowledge you have of imminent risk
to the child.
• The core information regarding the
reporter’s suspicions that the child
is being abused or neglected.
• The circumstances under which you became
aware of the information.
• Any action taken to treat, shelter, or
assist the child.
• Any other information the reporter can
offer to inform DCF of the child’s
circumstances and any risks to the child.
For more information about reporting abuse
or neglect go to
Office of Health and Human Services