If you suspect Child Abuse or Neglect, please contact the Department of Social Services during normal business hours at (410) 836-4713 or by FAX: (410) 836-4945.
If it is after hours, please contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office at (410) 838-6600 or your appropriate local law enforcement agency.
Contact information for the Department of Social Services in other Maryland Counties can be accessed directly from the Department of Human Resources by clicking here.
The below is taken directly from the CODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS, Section 07.02.07.04 which requires reporting child abuse or neglect in the following manner:
.04 Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect.
A. Except as provided in §§B—E of this regulation, an individual who has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected shall immediately, in a case of:
(1) Abuse, notify a local law enforcement agency or a local department; and
(2) Neglect, notify a local department.
B. Mandated Reporters.
(1) A health practitioner, educator, human service worker, or police officer shall report suspected child abuse or neglect:
(a) Immediately, by oral report; and
(b) In writing, within 48 hours of the contact that revealed the suspected abuse or neglect.
(2) Upon request, a local department shall distribute a supply of forms created by the Administration to individuals who are required to report child abuse or neglect in writing.
(3) An individual required to submit a written report:
(a) May use the Administration form described in §B(2) of this regulation;
(b) Shall send the written report to the local department; and
(c) In the case of suspected child abuse, shall send a copy of the report to the local State's Attorney's office.
C. An employee of a local department who, in the course of employment, receives a report of suspected child abuse or neglect communicated formally or informally to the employee, or who otherwise has reason to suspect that child abuse or neglect has occurred, shall immediately report the information to the CPS unit within the local department for prompt investigation.
D. A report shall include as much of the following information the individual making the report is able to provide:
(1) The names and home addresses of the child, both parents, and any other individual responsible for the care of the child;
(2) The present location of the child;
(3) The child's age;
(4) The names and ages of other children in the home;
(5) The specific nature and extent of injury, sexual abuse, or failure to provide proper care and attention of the child, and any information known to the individual making the report of possible previous abuse or neglect;
(6) Other information that:
(a) Might aid in establishing the cause of injury;
(b) Assists in identifying the individual or individuals responsible for the abuse or neglect; or
(c) Relates to the identification of risk; and
(7) In the case of suspected child abuse or neglect involving a mental injury:
(a) A description of the substantial impairment of the child's mental or psychological ability to function that was observed and identified; and
(b) An explanation of why the reporter believes the mental injury is attributable to maltreatment or failure to provide proper care and attention.
E. An individual is not required to report suspected child abuse or neglect in violation of:
(1) The attorney-client privilege under Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §9-108, Annotated Code of Maryland, which includes disclosure of information:
(a) Communicated in confidence by a client to the client's attorney, or other information relating to the representation of the client; or
(b) That would violate a constitutional right to assistance of counsel; or
(2) The privilege described in Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §9-111, Annotated Code of Maryland, pertaining to communications to a minister of the gospel, clergyman, priest, or rabbi of an established church of any denomination received in a professional capacity under circumstances where the professional is bound to maintain the confidentiality of that communication under canon law, church doctrine, or practice.