Intake - Report of Abuse and Neglect

In 2015, the agency received 2070 referrals of abuse and neglect. The total number of referrals assigned for investigation or assessment was 489.

Suspected child abuse or neglect is often brought to our attention by a neighbor, family member, or friend. We also receive reports from health care professionals, teachers, daycare workers, attorneys, ministers and others who are required by Ohio law to report suspected abuse or neglect.

We gather as much information as possible about the family’s situation. If we find abuse or neglect has occurred or is likely to occur, we act to ensure the safety of the child and assist the family. The name of the person who contacted us is kept confidential throughout the process.

Are you a parent who has questions about how to work with Athens County Children Services? Please click here to access a 27-page guide on what you can expect when working with a child welfare agency in Ohio.

Staff can be reached at 740- 592–3061 from 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

After hours call 1-866-863-7373 (for emergencies only)