Resources for Parents
Taking care of an infant or young child can be very stressful. All parents and caregivers are at risk for frustration. There are resources available in many local communities, as well as national hotlines that can help when you are stressed, or need someone to listen.
Dane County Local Resources
The Canopy Center: Healing and Family Support Services
The Canopy Center is a child abuse prevention agency serving more than 4,000 people annually.
Parent Stressline - (608) 241-2221 (6am to midnight daily)
The Parent Stressline is a listening service staffed by trained parent advocates. It is available to parents and caretakers who are experiencing stress or who just need someone to listen.
Parent advocates assist callers with finding solutions to their problems, and make referrals as needed, to Canopy Center programs or other appropriate community services that are equipped to meet the needs of the caller. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
The Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline-1-800-4-a-CHIlD (422-4453)
Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. It can be overwhelming at times. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is always there to help you. Professional counselors who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year staff the Hotline. All calls are anonymous and free.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department.
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families provides a directory of phone numbers by county for reporting child abuse or neglect. View the directory