Most people who provide child care are good people who really like children. But there are some who are unfit to care for children. Child abusers are most often family members, friends, and people you know, rather than strangers.
To help prevent problems and make sure that children are safe:
Watch for these signs that someone may abuse a child:
You may not always be able to spot problems before your child starts in child care. Pay attention to your child. Listen to what your child says about touching, secrets, or things that scare them. Notice if your child changes the way they act. Watch for these signs in your child:
If you suspect a problem, call your local department of social or human services. You may ask that your name not be used.