​​​​​​​​​Under the Virginia State law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent or other person responsible for the care of the child:

  • Causes, or threatens to cause, a physical or mental injury except for an accident
  • Fails to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care
  • Abandons the child
  • Fails to provide the kind of supervision necessary for the child's age or level of development
  • Commits, or allows to be committed, any illegal sexual act involving the child (including incest, rape, fondling, indecent exposure, prostitution) or allows the child to be​ used in any sexually explicit visual material

For more information on state services visit the Virginia Department of Social Services website.