Anyone can help prevent child abuse and neglect

There were several cases of children being abused and neglected in Fort Wayne in the past week.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 10:59 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2018 11:23 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There were several cases of children being abused and neglected in Fort Wayne in the past week.

However there are several ways you can help children if you think they are feeling neglected.

Angel Metro, Associate Director Whitington Homes and Services for Children and Families says you need to know the warning signs, which aren't always physical.

"Often times you know children will be home alone. So if you're seeing them home alone and the adults are not home a lot, that's probably also a good indicator there's some neglect going on," Metro said.

She added if you suspect something, say something.

"You don't have to have evidence that abuse or neglect is happening. There just has to be suspicion of it and then you make the report," said Metro.

If you suspect a child is abused or neglected, call the Indiana Department of Children Services at 1-800-800-5556.

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