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Jul 13, 2012 6:39 AM by AP

1st year: 114K calls, 50K reports of alleged abuse

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services says its child abuse and neglect hotline has received 114,000 calls in its first year, and more than 50,000 of those calls reported suspected abuse or neglect.

The hotline is 1-855-4LA-KIDS. It's for both people required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect, and people in the general public.

Department Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Thursday that the toll-free number replaced a long list of parish and regional phone numbers. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 41 trained child welfare specialists.

The aim is ensuring that no reports are missed and that each report of child abuse or neglect is handled promptly and uniformly according to best practices.

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