National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Findings on Local CPS Practices. Chapter 8. Examples of Change Based on Site Visits to Local Agencies


The National Study also conducted site visits to eight local CPS agencies. The purpose of the site visits was to discuss in greater detail the types of reforms that had been implemented in the local agencies. This chapter summarizes the thethe practice innovations and reform efforts that had been undertaken in the sites.

The site visit reports are not representative of all changes being undertaken throughout the country. They describe how change has been undertaken by a select number of local CPS agencies. In some locations the changes and reforms were more systemic than in others, but in all sites, many types of change have been undertaken with the intent of improving the management and provision of CPS. The site visits were not evaluative; however, many of the changes have been found to be beneficial by the local agency staff and the community.