Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of any community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone in our community. Child abuse can have long-term psychological, emotional, and physical effects that can have lifelong consequences for victims of abuse.
Protective factors such as parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, support in times of need and social-emotional competence of children are conditions that reduce or eliminate risk and promote the social, emotional, and developmental well-being of children. All citizens should become involved in supporting families in raising their children in a safe, nurturing environment.
If you are concerned about a child's well-being; want to report or discuss a possible abuse or neglect situation; or want advice, counseling, resources or help, please call Fairfax County's Child Protective Services Hotline 703-324-7400. Your call is confidential.