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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the telephone number for state Child Protective Services?
  2. To whom and how does someone report a child being abused?
  3. If someone files a report with law enforcement or Child Protective Services does the Children's Justice Center have a copy of the report?
  4. How can people obtain a copy of the reports and all the associated documents associated with their cases?
  5. How can someone find out the status of a case?
  6. If a person has filed a form requesting financial assistance through the Crime Victim's Compensation program how can the status of that request be determined?
  7. If a suspect in a case is about to be released from prison, what can a family member or other reporting party do who is afraid because of that release?
  8. What are signs indicating possible sexual abuse?

1. What is the telephone number for state Child Protective Services?

The 24-hour hotline number is (360) 993-7901.

2. To whom and how does someone report a child being abused?

The information can be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency by calling 911 or to the Child Protective Services by calling their hotline number at (360) 993-7901.

3. If someone files a report with law enforcement or Child Protective Services does the Children's Justice Center have a copy of the report?

If the report was made as recently as a day ago, the Children's Justice Center (CJC) probably does not have the report. Generally speaking, it takes about three working days for the CJC to receive the initial report from law enforcement or Child Protective Services. When a CJC investigator is assigned to the case and ready to conduct interviews, the investigator contacts the reporting person.

4. How can people obtain a copy of the reports and all the associated documents associated with their cases?

Children's Justice Center is not a report retention agency, therefore, any copies of reports related to a case must be obtained from the law enforcement jurisdiction in which the incident originally occurred. This would be the Clark County Sheriff's Office or the Vancouver Police Department.

5. How can someone find out the status of a case?

On average, once a case is received by the Children's Justice Center (CJC) and assigned to an investigator, the investigation will take somewhere in the area of 30 days to be completed. After that, the report will be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney at the CJC who will make a filing decision generally within 15 days from receipt of the report. The easiest way to check the status of a case is to contact the YWCA volunteer advocate that has been assigned to the case. If an advocate has not been assigned, one can call the general information number at (360) 397-6002.

6. If a person has filed a form requesting financial assistance through the Crime Victim's Compensation program how can the status of that request be determined?

Children's Justice Center has no control over this information and cannot answer that question. This question must be referred to the Crime Victim's Compensation Office in Olympia. Its toll free number is (800) 762-3716.

7. If a suspect in a case is about to be released from prison, what can a family member or other reporting party do who is afraid because of that release?

Concerns and questions can best be answered by the Department of Corrections Victim Witness Notification Unit at (800) 322-2201.

8. What are signs indicating possible sexual abuse?


In young children:
  • Clingingness
  • Bed wetting
  • Inappropriate sexual knowledge
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Nightmares
In older children:
  • Unable to concentrate in school
  • Drop in grades
  • Promiscuity
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Comments about suicide
  • Poor peer relations
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders

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Arthur D. Curtis Children's Justice Center: Mary Blanchette, Executive Director
601 W Evergreen Blvd. Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 61992, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-6002 | FAX: (360) 397-6019

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