The Knox County Child Advocacy Center provides a timely, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse.

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Help for Kids

If you came to this page looking for help, we hope this information brought you hope and options.  If you or a friend are in a bad situation, know that you are not alone.  There are people who can help.  If you or someone you know is being abused, talk to your teacher, school counselor, or law enforcement officer, or anyone else you trust.

Some may have various reasons for not trusting law enforcement or Department of Child and Family Services.  However, whatever the reasons, these professionals can help stop the abuse.  If you need to talk to someone about unsafe touching by anyone in your life, call local law enforcement or the DCFS hotline.

Call us at 1-309-344-8416.

If you are considering running away from home or you have already run away, you can call the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000 for help.  Someone will be available to talk to you at any time day or night.

If you are feeling hopeless, there is help.  Call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-442-4673.

If you know a child is in danger, report abuse by calling the DCFS Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE.

If you are in serious danger, call 911 and ask for help.

If you have been forced or coerced into working for someone or know someone who has, this is human trafficking.  Call or text for help or to help someone you suspect is being trafficked.
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888
BeFree Textline Text "BeFree" (233733)

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Report It

If you think you have seen a missing child, or suspect a child may be sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Report Child sexual exploitation
Use the CyberTipline to report child sexual exploitation

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