North Carolina law states that any person or institution that has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected, left without a caretaker, or has died as the result of maltreatment is required to report this to the Department of Social Services. Volunteers may encounter situations or behaviors while volunteering with World Relief families which cause concern. These concerns may be related to cultural differences, but they may also point to more serious situations which are harmful to children and need to be addressed.
Volunteers might worry that reporting a concerning situation will compromise their relationship with the family or cause unnecessary hardship for their new friends. At World Relief, we want to see our families safe, healthy, and thriving, which sometimes means connecting them to additional resources and support. If you encounter any situation that causes you to suspect child abuse or neglect and would like to discuss if this is a reportable situation, please contact our staff immediately so we can provide assistance. Communicating with World Relief staff is not a replacement for reporting to DSS, but we are here to walk alongside you and our clients through the situation. If at any point you feel that a client, yourself, or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 right away.
For more information about identifying potential situations of child abuse or neglect, click here.
For more information about Child Protective Services and how to report, click here.