Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19


Parents and Caregivers

  • If you are feeling stressed or isolated, stay in contact with friends and family members. Feeling connected to others will help reduce stress, anxiety and frustration.
  • Keep yourself and your children occupied during quarantine. Visit for a host of educational and entertainment resources available online. Take the family outside on a regular basis for exercise and fresh air.
  • Stay informed about what is happening, but manage your news intake and avoid outlets that promote fear or anxiety.
  • If you feel that you or your children are in danger:
    • Call Franklin County Children Services’ 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000.
    • Call the National Association of Domestic Violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE or CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence at 614-224-HOME (4663)
    • Call 911 in cases of emergency or immediate threats
  • If you feel overwhelmed, there is help available. Check out these resources:

For the Community

During this time of isolation, friends, family members and neighbors need to actively engage in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Visit the Franklin County Children Services Community Resources page


The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-8200