Why Zoey’s Place?

In May of 2015 Hancock County was shaken by the passing of one year old Zoey Wagoner and the subsequent prosecutions that occurred as a result.  Since that time, law enforcement, child welfare professionals, and the people of Hancock County have recommitted themselves as a community to take the proactive steps necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of the children in and around our county.  Zoey’s Place is to be the tangible and practical monument to Zoey’s memory and a standing pledge to the children of our tireless dedication to their safety. 

Who has a duty to report? 

Indiana is a mandatory reporting state.  This means that Indiana law requires any individual who suspects that a child may be the victim of abuse or neglect shall contact the Indiana Department Child Abuse Hotline or law enforcement. 

What are some signs of child abuse?

Please keep in mind every situation is different.  Some of the clearest signs of abuse may include the following but this is not an exclusive list:

  • Low Self Esteem
  • Isolation
  • Avoiding school activities, sports
  • Marked changes in grades or attendance
  • Physical signs such as bruises, handprints
  • Explanations of injuries or behaviors that don’t add up or make sense
  • A return to bedwetting
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors or the use of sexually explicit language
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Fear of going home or to previously trusted places
  • Acts as if they have been “coached” on their story

What are some signs of Child Neglect?

  • Parents or caregivers not providing the child with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare.
  • Parents or caregivers may be abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Parents or caregivers may be leaving child inappropriately unattended
  • Parents having unrealistic expectations of the child and a lack of appropriate understanding of child development
  • Child is frequently unbathed or unclean
  • Child appears malnourished