Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?
North Carolina is a mandatory reporting state when it comes to child abuse. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or if you think a child may have died from being mistreated, you must report what you know to your county’s Department of Health and Human Services (DSS). This is the law (N.C.G.S. § 7B-301). Do not be afraid to report. As long as you are acting in good faith, you cannot be held liable ( N.C.G.S. §7B-309).
To report child abuse in the following counties please call the number listed.
Buncombe County: 828-250-5500
Haywood County: 828-452-6620
Jackson County: 828-586-5546
Macon County: 828-349-2124
Swain County: 828-488-6921
Area nonprofits dedicated to fighting child abuse and neglect:
Child Abuse Prevention Services (Buncombe County) 828-254-2000: www.childabusepreventionservices.org
KARE (Haywood County) www.karehouse.org
30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance (7 westernmost counties) 828-452-2122: www.30thalliance.org
REACH (Haywood County) 828-456-7898
AWAKE: Jackson County: 828-586-3574 : www.awakecenter.org
Jackson County Family Resource Center (Jackson County) 828-586-2845
KIDS Place (Macon County) 828-524-3199 www.kidsplacecac.org
REACH (Macon and Jackson county) 828-586-8969 (Jackson) or 828-369-5544; www.reachofmaconcounty.org
Swain/Qualla SAFE (Swain County the Qualla Boundary) 828-488-9038