National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Conclusion

04/01/2003

This chapter discusses only a few selected areas of variation in CPS policy. The review of State policies has clearly demonstrated that there are certain core policies that are common to almost all jurisdictions. If policy is the guidance for service delivery, the extensive variation from State-to-State in policies addressing some aspects of the CPS response is, potentially, of great concern. Such variations may be indicative of local standards or may imply that a systematic review of policy has not been undertaken recently by some of the States. If States decide to review and revise their CPS policies in order to better meet the needs of abused and neglected children, input from local communities and the agencies that serve them should be included. This report provides them with information on the policies of other States in the Nation.

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