GRAND Magazine - Spring 2022 - 13

ask dr. gramma karen
saying something along these lines, " How are you feeling about
contacting Child Protective Services? "
In some cases, the question will be answered with nothing but
positivity - " I am doing the right thing, and I have no regrets. "
However, in those cases where ambiguity is expressed - " I hope
I'm doing the right thing " - or, definite guilt is expressed - " I am
doing a terrible thing " - then an offer to talk through the various
feelings with a licensed mental health professional should be
offered.
"
* Anyone can report witnessed or suspected child abuse. It is
important to note that reports made to Child Protection agencies are
confidential and the reporter's identity is generally protected by law.
No one other than social services will ever know you are the one
who made the report. The dispatcher and the caseworker are the only
ones who will likely know your name and will not release it to the
abuser, the victim, or anyone else.
Here is some general information on how to report child abuse and
neglect.
Here is a link to state and territory-specific instructions on how to
submit a child complaint, as well as a list of statewide toll-free numbers,
regional numbers, and online reporting options.
My four frontline professionals point out that they make their own
phones available to people who are anxious about using their personal
phones when placing a call to make a report.
* Any party reporting suspected, or actual child abuse, may
feel guilty for doing so, especially if he/she is a family member. It
may feel like a form of betrayal. Therefore, the frontline professionals
suggest addressing potential guilt directly with the reporting party by
13 GRAND Spring 2022
If I witnessed something like this now,
I would take down his license plate and
immediately call Child Protective Services
and report what transpired.
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Such a professional will be able to help the reporting party to
understand that ambivalence and/or guilt are natural and that these
feelings can coexist with doing the right thing.
* Reporting parties also need to understand that once they
have reported their concerns to the proper agencies, they will
not be informed about what actions, if any, have been taken. This
" being left in the dark " as to whether one's actions have made a difference
can be disquieting; reporting parties need to be aware of this
reality.
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