Virus Outbreak Child Abuse Hotlines

Apr 18, 2020

Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, Mont., is pictured on Thursday, April 16, 2020. With schools closed and teachers unable to report suspected cases of abuse, child welfare agencies have lost some of their best eyes and ears as the coronavirus pandemic strains families. States are reporting fewer calls to child abuse hotlines, not because officials believe there are fewer cases but because they're going unreported. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)