Children Protection Services FAQ
(Frequently Asked Quetions)
To report suspected adult abuse call
(530) 841-4200 during business hours or call the adult & children's
hotline at (530) 842-7009 after business hours.
What is child abuse?
Child abuse includes physical abuse, severe neglect, sexual abuse,
and emotional maltreatment. Any act that endangers or impairs a
child's physical or emotional health should be suspected as child
abuse, regardless of degree of severity.
Do I have to make a report if I think a child is being abused?
Any person who suspects child abuse or neglect should report it.
However, certain individuals such as day care providers, school
personnel, medical personnel, law enforcement, social workers,
eligibility workers, and commercial film and photographic print
processors are required by law to file such reports. They are called
Where do I call to report child abuse or neglect?
In Siskiyou County, call the Child Abuse Hotline at (530) 842-7009.
You can also contact the Children's Services office at (530)
841-4200 during regular business hours. If you suspect a child is in
immediate danger, call law enforcement at 911. If the abuse is
occurring in another county or state, call the child protective
services agency for that area.
If I report suspected child abuse or neglect, will you tell the
parents who reported it?
No, all persons who report suspected child abuse remain anonymous.
The name can be released only by court order. However, the parents
may guess, based on the information provided, who reported the
Will I have to testify in court if I report abuse or neglect?
Occasionally, a mandated reporter may be called upon to testify in
court. It is rare for a non-mandated reporter to become involved in
the court process.
What gives social workers the authority to talk to a child without
the parents' permission?
The California Welfare and Institutions Code allows workers in child
protection agencies to speak to children without their parents'
permission when they are investigating allegations of abuse or
Why can a child be taken out of school and removed from his or her
A child may be removed from his/her own home if the child is
in imminent risk of abuse or neglect and there are no other means to
ensure the child's safety.
What are my rights if my child is taken into protective custody?
Parents have the right to be notified immediately if their child has
been taken into protective custody. They have the right to an
attorney. They have the right to be notified and to be present at
all court hearings involving their child. They also have the right
to visit and maintain contact with their child.
I think my children are being abused in the home of my ex-spouse.
What do I do?
If you suspect abuse of your child by the other parent, you are
primarily responsible for taking action to protect your child. You
may need to go back to family court to have you child custody order
modified. You may also report the allegations to Children's Services
or to law enforcement, especially if a crime has been committed.
What is legal guardianship and how do I get it?
Legal guardianship is a court process by which an individual is
granted certain rights to care for a child without the termination
of parental rights. Legal forms can be purchased at the court
clerk's office and an attorney or paralegal can assist with the
paperwork. Parents must be notified of all court proceedings.