What if a child has been abused? What if you suspect abuse?
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a world leader in finding and caring for minors who have been lost, possibly abused, or indeed abused or trafficked. They work closely with national, state, and local law enforcement as well as directly with families both during crises and after, during a sensitive reunification process where safe. NCMEC resources are regularly featured in The Healing Voices.
NCMEC released a brochure, entitled Reconnecting with Your Child, on how parents and other loved ones can safely talk with a minor who may have been abused or a minor who has suffered abuse.
It includes do’s and don’ts, what to say and do if you do not know what happened, and what to say and do if you are not sure anything happened but have noticed significant behavior changes suggesting abuse. Some great resources are noted, too.