Child Maltreatment Resource Guide

The Children & Family Advocacy Center works with the Benton County Multidisciplinary Team to see cases of alleged child abuse and neglect. All cases seen at the center must first be reported through the Child Abuse Hotline, the center is unable to accept walk-ins or cases that have not been reported to the hotline.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, please use the resources above to learn the proper steps to take to ensure best intentions. 

Our center has two locations, Little Flock and Gentry, to serve all of Benton County. Both centers offer the assistance of an advocate, specially trained forensic interviewers, the option for a medical examination, and mental health services.

If You Suspect a Child is Being Abused

Call the hotline

1-844-SAVE-A-CHILD (1-800-482-5964)

What information do I need to make a report?

It’s important to provide as much information as possible. It’s okay to not have everything. It is not your job to investigate or gather those missing details. Allow the professionals involved to fill in those gaps. If available, you will need to know:

  • Alleged victim’s name, age/birthday, address, school, contact information

  • Alleged offender’s name, age/birthday, address, contact information

  • Any information regarding other victims, siblings and the person responsible for care for that alleged victim.

  • Allegations of abuse – remember, this is something you’ve observed, whether seen or heard, that has caused this suspicion of abuse.

  • Where the abuse occurred

  • When the abuse occurred

There is no need to probe or question the child further in order to receive more details about the alleged abuse. This can harm the investigation and prosecution, as well as cause more trauma for the child. Remember, after you make a hotline report, please notify local law enforcement.

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