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Reporting Process

Is the report confidential?

OCS cannot reveal the name of a person who reports suspected child abuse and neglect. The reporter’s name remains confidential — unless a court determines that the information is necessary to decide an issue. However, the court almost never requires this information, and in most cases the reporter’s information is kept confidential and protected by OCS.

Anonymous reports are accepted from anyone. At the same time, it can be helpful for OCS to have your name and contact information in case they need to call you back for more information about the family or if there are new concerns that require follow up.

Mandated reporters should provide OCS with their name in order to document that they have met their legal mandate.