Child Protective Services

Neglect:

  • Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, supervision, or medical care
  • Inappropriate discipline
  • Child lives in an environment injurious to the child's welfare.

Abuse:

  • Inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child a serious physical injury by other than accidental means
  • Creates or allows to be created a substantial risk or serious physical injury to the child by other than accidental means.

North Carolina Child Protective Services

To report suspected child abuse or neglect please call the Avery County Department of Social Services at 828-733-8230.  After hours or on weekends, you may call the Avery County Sheriff's Department at 828-733-5855 to report child abuse or neglect.