Child Abuse

U.S. federal legislation defines “Child Abuse” as: "Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation"; or "An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm."

It refers specifically to parents and other caregivers. A "child" under this definition generally means a person who is younger than age 18 or who is not an emancipated minor.

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Emergencies

If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

To contact the Emergency Care Center at Lurie Children's, call 312.227.3800.