National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Findings on Local CPS Practices. 2.1 National Coverage

05/01/2003

Nationally, all jurisdictions are covered by local agencies that conduct screening and intake and investigation. A new finding was that 64 percent of agencies provided an alternative response and that more than one-half of the Nation's children (54%) live in a jurisdiction with both an investigation response and an alternative response (Table 2-1).

Table 2-1:
National Coverage of CPS Agencies
Functions Agency Number of children residing in areas served by agencies
Estimate
( C.I. ) **
Percent * Estimate
( C.I. )
Percent
Screening/intake at local agency 2,590
(2,390-2,790)
99% 71,382,000
(68,714,000-74,049,000)
98%
Investigation 2,600
(2,400-2,800)
100% 72,913,000
(72,334,000-73,492,000)
100%
Alternative response 1,660
(1,460-1,860)
64% 39,280,000
(24,111,000-54,450,000)
54%
* Percentages are not additive because agencies were included in each applicable row (category).
** The 95 percent confidence interval (C.I.) indicates that, if the study were to be repeated with the same methodology 100 times, 95 of the replications would produce an estimate within the interval.