Child Abuse/Neglect- Indian Head- NSF

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Installation Listings

Installation Listing Category

Geographical Address

Duty Station(s)
Public Address
4260 Steve's Way Bldg. D328 Indian Head, MD 20640-5110
Postal Code

Contact Info

301-744-6725 / 540-653-1839 / 800-500-4947
Operating Hours
Monday 07:30 - 16:00 Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00 Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00 Thursday 07:30 - 16:00 Friday 07:30 - 16:00 Friday 07:30 - 16:00 Saturday CLOSED Sunday CLOSED All Federal Holidays CLOSED

If you have concerns about a child's welfare or safety, whether at home or in the care of a Department of Defense child or youth program, contact the following for assistance:

  • Your local Family Advocacy Program under the ‘Installation Contacts’ tab on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS
  • Your local child welfare agency, your state's child abuse reporting line or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-Child (422-4453). A comprehensive list of child welfare agencies for each state can be found at
  • For concerns about child abuse and/or neglect in a Department of Defense child or youth program or school, call your installation Family Advocacy Program or the Department of Defense Child Abuse and Safety Violation Hotline at 800-790-1197 in the United States or 571-372-5348 overseas. Please note: The DOD Child Abuse and Safety Violation Hotline is for reporting purposes only, and is not a crisis line for help in an emergency.
  • FBI Cyber Tip Line for suspected online child sexual exploitation: If you have concerns a child is being exploited online, call the Cyber Tip Line, operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at 800-843-5678.

Call 911 or military law enforcement if you witness abuse or neglect or suspect a child is in imminent danger

Ten Things You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse

  1. Volunteer your time. Get involved with other parents in your community. Help vulnerable children and their families. Start a playgroup.
  2. Discipline your children thoughtfully. Never discipline your child when you are upset. Give yourself time to calm down. Remember that discipline is a way to teach your child. Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help your child regain control.
  3. Examine your behavior. Abuse is not just physical. Both words and actions can inflict deep, lasting wounds. Be a nurturing parent. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling.
  4. Educate yourself and others. Simple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse. After-school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs, and respite care are some of the many ways to keep children safe from harm. Be a voice in support of these efforts in your community.
  5. Teach children their rights. When children are taught they are special and have the right to be safe, they are less likely to think abuse is their fault, and more likely to report an offender.
  6. Support prevention programs. Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Greater investments are needed in programs that have been proven to stop the abuse before it occurs - such as family counseling and home visits by nurses who provide assistance for newborns and their parents.
  7. Know what child abuse is. Physical and sexual abuse clearly constitute maltreatment, but so does neglect, or the failure of parents or other caregivers to provide a child with needed food, clothing, and care. Children can also be emotionally abused when they are rejected, berated, or continuously isolated.
  8. Know the signs. Unexplained injuries aren't the only signs of abuse. Depression, fear of a certain adult, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, secrecy, and hostility are often signs of family problems and may indicate a child is being neglected or physically, sexually, or emotionally abused.
  9. Report abuse. If you witness a child being harmed or see evidence of abuse, make a report to your state's child protective services department or local police. When talking to a child about abuse, listen carefully, assure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling an adult, and affirm that he or she is not responsible for what happened.
  10. Invest in kids. Encourage leaders in the community to be supportive of children and families. Ask employers to provide family-friendly work environments. Ask your local and national lawmakers to support legislation to better protect our children and to improve their lives.

Please contact FFSC at NSASP Dahlgren for all services.

Fleet and Family Support Center at Dahlgren

6027 School House Ln, Dahlgren, VA 22448, United States

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