Every household across America has been impacted in some way by the Corona Virus.
This may be due to stay-at-home orders, school cancellations, social distancing, a positive COVID-19 test, or an exposure to a person with a positive COVID-19 test. Youth who would normally be in the classroom could now be in a situation where they are exposed to parental or caregiver substance use, possession, distribution, manufacturing, or cultivation of both legal and illegal drugs. Many states have allowed liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries to remain open as essential businesses, increasing access and availability at a time when many individuals are facing uncertainties. During this difficult time, professionals are adapting quickly and connecting with children virtually. Through this process they can identify children who may be at risk in a time when no one may have eyes on them.
Learn how to help in this resource.
If you are a professional and suspect that a child may be at risk of harm in a household due to substance abuse or drug activity, you have a mandatory duty to contact your child welfare hotline and report. If you do suspect child abuse or neglect, contact 911 if you believe the child(ren) is in immediate danger. Otherwise, contact your local child welfare or law enforcement office to make a report.
For a list of child abuse and neglect reporting toll-free numbers by state, visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/