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Posted on: May 6, 2020

County Human Services Offers Help for Parents, Tips for Community

HONESDALE – The Wayne County Office of Human Services recognizes the strain the COVID-19 outbreak has put on families and offers some tips for parents to help them look after their own well being as well as their children.

This guide offers parents information on how to talk to children about their fears and concerns and steps to take to look after themselves as well as how to reach out for help of any kind.

Wayne County continues to provide critical protective services for children, but reports have declined with so many of the state’s mandated reporters – teachers, coaches, pastors etc. – unable to work directly with children.

Officials note the reporting of child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility and offers guidelines on how and what to report to authorities. Anonymous reports are accepted from anyone and your identity will be kept confidential. People are also protected against civil/criminal penalty or adverse employment action if the report is in good faith.

If you suspect abuse or neglect, call PA ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. To connect a family in need to resources, call Wayne County Children & Youth Services at 570-253-5102.

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