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National Agencies

This page lists some state resources that deal with child advocacy. Click on the toggle buttons below to get more information on each category.

National Adoption Center: Information on adoption agencies and support groups. Network for matching parents and children with special needs.

Phone: 800-TO-ADOPT

FAX: (215)735-9410

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET



National Association for the Education of Young Children: Information and referrals for early childhood education.

Phone: 800-424-2460

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET



Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Information and referral for persons with learning disabilities. Legislative action, advocacy, and public education.

Phone:  800-575-7373


National Runaway Safeline: Information and referrals for runaways. Provides shelter, counseling, food pantries, transportation, suicide and crisis counseling, greyhound bus ticket.


Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY

Child Abuse

Child Help USA Hotline: General information on child abuse and related issues. Referrals to local agencies for child abuse reporting. Crisis counseling.

Phone:  800-422-4453 (24 hrs)



National Organization of Rare Diseases: Information and networking for persons with rare disorders.

Phone: 800-999-6673 (203-746-6518 in CT)

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET


American Board of Medical Specialties: Will tell you if your physician is board certified.

Phone: 800-776-2378

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-6 ET


Mental Health

National Mental Health Association: Provides free information on over 200 mental health topics including manic-depression, bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder, and warning signs of mental illness. Referrals to mental health providers, distributes free national directory of local mental health associations, and offers low-cost materials. Advocates to remove stigma of mental illness.

Phone: 800-969-6642

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET



National Clearinghouse Family Support/Children’s Mental Health: Leave message and you will receive either a return call or written information. Sponsored by Portland State University

Phone: 800-628-1696 or 503-725-4040

FAX: 503-725-4180

National Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living.

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Information, brochures, insurance information, pharmaceutical services, updates on research. 

Phone: 800-344-4823; Pharmacy: 800-541-4959

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:30 ET



Intellectual Disabilities/Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Hotline: Information and referral; free packets to new parents, information on education, support groups, medical research, newsletter, phone support, information on conferences.

Phone: 800-221-4602 or 212-460-9330

FAX: 212-979-2873

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET



American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD): (Mon-Fri, 9-5 ET) * General information on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Phone: 202-387-1968

Fax: 202-387-2193


Missing Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Information on missing and exploited youth. Helps parents to locate missing children.

Phone: 800-843-5678



Boy’s Town National Hotline (bilingual): Provides crisis intervention, information and referrals for general population. Free, confidential. Short-term crisis intervention. Works with children and families.

Phone: 800-448-3000 (24 hours)


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