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Safety Valves for Parents

October 14, 1998|MARTIN MILLER

If you feel the stress of parenting starting to build, there are hotlines that can help.

* In Los Angeles: Child Abuse Hotline--(800) 540-4000. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week. Provides referrals. Handles calls dealing with everything from suspected child abuse to parents who feel they are at their wits' end with their kids.

* In Orange County: Child Abuse Registry--(714) 940-1000. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week. Provides the same assistance as the L.A. hotline.

* Parents Anonymous: (800) 339-6993--(24-hour information line). Professionally staffed organization that offers support to stressed parents. Free of charge and confidential.

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