Mandated Supporter
A lot of people are concerned with the decline in calls to the DCS hotline since the pandemic began. They are worried that kids are unsafe at home and, because they have less contact with other protective adults in the community, their situations are going unreported. How do we make sure these cases are reported to DCS?

That’s a question I hear a lot.
I get it. I’m concerned too. But if you share this concern, I have another question for you.

How can you support families in your community so that abuse/neglect doesn’t happen in the first place? Why do we need to wait for abuse to happen before we act?
What if we considered ourselves not just mandated reporters , but also mandated supporters ? What if we got ahead of the problem of child abuse? What if we considered it our duty, as community members, to support families the best we can so that they can support children the best they can?