California family lawyerChild abuse is a serious offense in the state of California. Reports of suspected abuse will trigger an investigation that can result in an alleged abuser being placed on the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). Inclusion in the CACI can affect a person’s employability in certain industries, their ability to volunteer for certain organizations, and their eligibility to adopt a child or act as a foster parent. When facing accusations of child abuse, it is important to understand what exactly constitutes abuse or neglect under California law.

The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) (California Penal Code Article 2.5) defines the following acts as child abuse or neglect:

California law defines a child as someone under the age of 18. Harm suffered in a conflict between minors is not considered child abuse and reasonable force used by a police officer who is carrying out their duties does not constitute child abuse or neglect.

Contact a Los Gatos Family Law Attorney

If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we will protect your rights and advocate for your family’s best interests, providing you with the representation you need as you contest the allegations. Contact a Los Gatos family lawyer today at 408-395-8822 to schedule a free consultation.