If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment call the New York Statewide Central Registry (SCR) 1-800-342-3720. If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 911.
There is no shame in asking for help during times of unprecedented stress. To those who feel at risk of causing harm to their children, DHHS suggests:
- Call a friend.
- Call a pediatrician or other health care provider.
- Send your child to a quiet corner.
- Take a walk outside (while maintaining a safe social distance of at least six feet from anyone who doesn’t live in your household).
- For infants, place them in a crib, step away and draw deep breaths to cool off.
- Call or text a helpline:
- Chautauqua County Crisis Helpline 1 (800) 724-0461
- Crisis Textline Text “Help” to 741-741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-8255
- National Parent Helpline 1 (855) 427-2736
Community members need to watch out for their friends and step in if they think someone needs help. Take notice of what is happening in your neighborhood during this time of isolation. Reach out through phone calls, Skype, Facetime, mail, friendly drive or walk-by’s to monitor those around you.
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment. Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future. Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful contributing members of society. The Chautauqua community must be a leader and champion for all of our children. We need to enhance the success of our community by promoting programs and policies that seek to support the lives of children and families.