Following is a brief review of what is considered child abuse, neglect and dependency:


Physical Abuse: Non-accidental injury to a child or death inflicted other than by accidental means. This may include severe corporal punishment that results in serious harm.

Sexual Abuse: Act of sexual nature upon or with a child, such as molestation, prostitution, and pornography.  The act may be for the gratification of abuser or a third party.  

Emotional Abuse: Chronic, consistent attitude or act that interferes with a child’s psychological and social development.


Physical Neglect:  Willful failure to provide for a child; refusing to perform parental duties; abandonment.  Some examples include:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Educational neglect
  • Medical/dental neglect
  • Unsafe shelter
  • Failure to protect (domestic violence, child endangering, driving intoxicated, etc.)

Emotional Neglect: Failure to provide the support or affection necessary to a child’s psychological and social development. Some examples include:

  • Failure to thrive diagnosis
  • Psychological neglect (for instance, parent does not take child for assessment when he or she threatens or attempts suicide)

Dependency: When a child is deprived of physical or emotional support due to a mental or physical condition of the child’s parents, guardian or custodian. This also pertains to a child who is at risk due to living in a household where abuse, neglect or dependency has already been substantiated in court regarding another child.

Who Are The Victims of Child Abuse?

  • Any child (birth-18 years)
  • Any child under 21 who has handicaps
  • Children across all class, cultural and educational groups
Public Assistance

Public assistance refers to government programs that provide funding to communities, individuals and families in need. Examples include: Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicaid, Child Care Assistance, Transportation Assistance and Fraud.


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Child Support

Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Protective Services

We provide protective services to the elderly and children who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them. SCOJFS is mandated to investigate and evaluate all reports of suspected abuse and neglect.