National Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-4-A-CHILD
(This is staffed 24 hours a day by professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of over 65,000 emergency, social service, and support resources.
The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA) does not provide legal services or advice. Those unable to pay for legal services should check the telephone directory under Lawyer Referral Service, Bar Association, or Legal Aid. Finding legal help may take some time and effort. If you make contact with a service but do not qualify for assistance, or if the agency cannot be of help, always ask where else you can try.
The Directory of Legal Aid and Defender Offices in the United States, which may be available at a local library, a law school, and the local bar association or a social service or welfare agency. State Laws related to child abuse and neglect are available either by individual states or in a four-volume compilation that includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For ordering information on State Statutes Related to Child Abuse and Neglect: 1988, contact the Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, P. O. Box 1182, Washington, DC 20013, (703) 385-7565.
National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), 1205 Oneida Street, Denver, Colorado 80220, (303) 321-3963. NACC is a national membership organization of attorneys and others involved in court proceedings. Members specialize in child abuse and neglect cases, as well as other cases involving children whose legal interests need to be protected. NACC sponsors training and educational conferences for attorneys, guardians ad litem, and child advocates. NACC will provide names of attorneys in local areas. Legal fees are negotiated on an individual basis.)
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