Child Welfare Information Gateway is not equipped to offer crisis counseling. As a service of the Children's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway does not have the authority to intervene in or advise in personal situations.
If you do not know who to contact regarding your concerns, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a list of contact information for State, local, tribal, and private organizations that address a range of child, youth, and family issues.
ACF can also help you answer specific questions on children and family issues on their Questions and Answers Support Page.
Childhelp® is a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services. The Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous. Contact them at 1.800.4.A.CHILD. (1.800.422.4453)
Some additional resources for other areas of concern are listed below. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
Adult Survivors of Abuse
- Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline
- State Child Abuse Reporting Numbers
Child Sexual Exploitation/Missing Children
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Pornography Tipline (1.800.843.5678)
Children Home Alone
Crisis Text Line
- Crisis Text Line
Text START to 741-741
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
Health and human services information and support
International Parental Child Abduction
- National Parent Helpline®
Respite for Caregivers
- ARCH National Respite Locator Service
1.800.677.1116 (8:30-5:00 ET, M-F)
- National Runaway Switchboard
Single Mothers Grants
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Victims of Crime