Cross-Reporting Among Agencies That Respond to Child Abuse and Neglect - Alabama

Date: February 2021

Cross-Reporting Between Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement

Citation: Ala. Code § 26-14-3

When an initial report is made to a law enforcement official, the official subsequently shall inform the Department of Human Resources of the report so that the department can carry out its responsibility to provide protective services when deemed appropriate to the respective child or children.

When the department receives initial reports of suspected abuse or neglect, including suspected abuse or neglect involving discipline or corporal punishment committed in a public or private school or suspected abuse or neglect in a State-operated child residential facility, the department shall transmit a copy of school reports to the law enforcement agency and residential facility reports to the law enforcement agency and the operating State agency.

Other Reporting Requirements

Citation: Ala. Code § 26-14-3

As soon as is practicable after a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect is made, the department shall make efforts to determine the military status of the parent or guardian of the child who is the subject of the child abuse or neglect allegation. If the department determines that a parent or guardian is in the military, the department shall notify a U.S. Department of Defense family advocacy program at the military installation of the parent or guardian that there is an allegation of child abuse or neglect that is being investigated that involves a child of the military parent or guardian.