How do I report?
- Call immediately or as soon as possible.
- Send a written follow-up report within 36 hours by mail, e-mail or fax.
- Contact police if immediate danger or sexual abuse is suspected.
To whom do I report?
Report either to the police department in the city where the incident occurred, or to the child protection service in the county where the child lives. In general, report suspected sexual abuse, iincidents by a stranger, or incidents in a daycare facility to the police, and home/family situations to CPS
Palo Alto Police (650) 329-2413
[PAPD can give you phone number of police dept. in city you need.]
Dept. of Family and Children's Services
Santa Clara County (updated from list below)
373 West Julian St., Second Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
San Mateo County
400 Harbor Blvd.
Belmont, CA 94002
What forms do I use?
There are two related state forms:
SS 8572 plus Instructions –
Single page, small area to detail injuries; can attach other pages, such as a child body map
Optional additional detailed forensic form:
CalEMA 2-900 Instructions –
8 page forensic examination form
Is there liability from reporting?
Is there a penalty for NOT reporting?
When you report, police or CPS will want to know:
- nature of the suspicions you have – who, what, when, where, how
- where is the child now
- are there also possible affected siblings
- who might be involved - what is their relationship to the child, and where are they now
- danger potential to child/other family members/yourself