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Toll-free telephone numbers oriented to a particular group; for example, adoption agency hotlines are oriented to pregnant women considering adoption for their children while hotlines for adoptive parents concentrate on placing special needs children.

Hotlines are sometimes staffed 24 hours per day, or they may be operated during office hours with an answering machine available to take urgent calls. Hotlines are also available to take abuse allegations, and social workers may be given a certain amount of time by state law to respond to an allegation of child abuse.

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