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

05/01/2003

Some interesting differences emerged when the types of reforms were examined from the perspective of administrative structure. Agencies in county-administered systems appeared to focus on efforts related to client and community interactions. For example, more county-administered agencies were considering changes related to amount of interaction with reporter and collaterals during screening and the amount of interaction with the family or the children during an investigation. Further, county-administered agencies had implemented more changes related to use of multidisciplinary teams during the investigation response than had either type of State-administered agency. In contrast, State-administered agencies and State-administered agencies with strong county structure more often considered changes in information technology and staff training.