A person under the age of 18 years.
May exist when the parent's relinquish their caregiving responsibility, and there is no current caregiver or the current caregiver can no longer provide care.
Child Abuse: Physical
Occurs when serious harm is inflicted non-accidentally on a child by any person age fourteen (14) years or older.
Child Abuse: Sexual: Exploitation
Sexual use of a child for sexual arousal, gratification, advantage, or profit.
Child Abuse: Sexual: Molestation
Sexual conduct with a child when such contact, touching, or interaction over or under the child’s clothes is used for arousal or gratification of sexual needs or desires.
Child Abuse: Sexual: Penetration
Any intrusion or entrance, however slight, through the use of digits (i.e., fingers or toes); through the use of an inanimate object; or between the sex organ, mouth, or anus of one person and the sex organ, mouth, or anus of another person.
Child Neglect: Abandonment
May exist when the parents' relinquish their caregiving responsibility, and there is no current caregiver or the current caregiver can no longer provide care.
Child Neglect: Educational
DHR does not investigate as abuse/neglect reports of a child not attending school. Truancy issues are generally handled by the school district and court having jurisdiction in the child’s county of residence.
Child Neglect: Inadequate Supervision
Failure to provide supervision that protects children from serious physical harm or sexual abuse.
Child Neglect: Mental Abuse/Neglect
Extreme and aberrant behavior that directly results in severe impairment to a child’s functioning.