Clinton County, Ohio Childrens’ Services Intake Screening Unit
Who Should Report?
Anyone can report suspected child abuse and neglect.
When to Report
You should report child abuse and neglect any time you suspect child abuse and/or neglect has occurred. You do not have to prove it has occurred prior to contacting the agency.
All reporter information is confidential.
Where to Report
The county where the custodial parent/caretaker lives is the county responsible for conducting investigations and/or providing services.
How to Report
Contact the Clinton County Child Protection Unit by calling 937-382-5935 , faxing 937-382-1165 or by coming into the office located at 1025 S. South Street in Wilmington. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For after hours, weekends and holidays, the on-call worker can be paged through the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department by calling 937-382-2449 .
If you believe a child is in immediate danger of serious injury or death, call 911 for emergency help.
When you contact the Child Protection Unit, please be patient. Many questions may be asked so we can get the best information to protect the children of Clinton County.
This is some of the information we will need from you:
- Names of all parties involved
- Addresses of all parties involved
- Telephone numbers of all parties involved
- Dates of birth
- Witnesses and their contact information
A mandated reporter is someone required by law to report if they suspect or know that child abuse is occurring. There are penalties if mandated reporters are aware of incidents of abuse, yet fail to report them.
The following professionals are mandated reporters:
- Animal Control Agents
- Child Care Workers
- Children Services Personnel
- Court Personnel
- Day Care Personnel
- Fire Fighters
- Law Enforcement
- Mental Health Professionals
- Physicians Including Interns and Residents
- School Personnel
- Social Workers and Speech Pathologists
This is only a partial list.
Click here to view the section of the Ohio Revised Code that addresses mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect.
After a Report
The State of Ohio has implemented a tool called the Comprehensive Assessment and Planning Model Interim Solution (CAPMIS). This manual contains very specific screening guidelines to help the agency determine if the allegations can be opened up as an investigation. CAPMIS helps the agency measure the safety of the child as well as determine the risk to the child. If the allegations are “screened in” that means the agency can open a case. If it is “screened out” it means the agency does not have enough information or criteria to meet the child abuse guidelines as determined by the State. If the referral is screened in, cases can be opened for:
Not every call that is received meets the State standards for opening an investigation, but all information is important! Every call is documented and the information received is recorded in a State database. Even if you aren’t seeing the results you hope to see, or if it appears that Children Services isn’t doing anything, don’t give up. Keep calling. Sometimes it takes several calls with new information to meet the guidelines required to open an investigation.