Everyone in Maryland in Maryland is Obligated to Report Child Abuse and Neglect.
As of October 1, 2019, there are now criminal penalties for Mandated Reporters who knowingly fail to report child abuse. Criminal penalties can include up to 3 year misdemeanor and up to $10,000.
Mandated reporters are required to make an oral report as soon as possible to their local department of social services or law enforcement, and follow-up with a written report within 48 hours (Maryland Family Law 5-704).
Maryland law defines these individuals as mandated reporters.
- Health Practitioner
- Human Service Worker
- Police Officer
Anne Arundel County: 410-421-8400 (24 hours)