Mandatory Reporting Law

This law requires any person who believes that a child, a person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited to report the circumstances to the Department of Family and Protective Services. A person making a report is immune from civil or criminal liability provided they make the report in good faith. The name of the person making the report is kept confidential. Reporting suspected child abuse makes it possible for a family to get help.


Who To Report To:

Two options for reporting:

  1. Call the national abuse hotline toll-free, 24 hours a day,
    7 days a week at 1-800-252-5400


  2. Report online at
    You will receive a response within 24 hours.


Hearing Impaired or Speech Disabled People who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-disabled may report by using a TTY and accessing Relay Texas by dialing 711 or 1-800-735-2989.


Emergencies: If this is a life threatening or emergency situation, call your local law enforcement agency or 911 immediately.


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