National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Contacts and Timeframe Requirements

04/01/2003

Policy also specified who must be contacted during an investigation. (See table 4-J.) Six main categories of contact requirements were identified. (Responses were not mutually exclusive.)

  • Forty-four States (86.3%) explicitly required contact with the family, including parents, siblings, and other persons living in the home;
  • Forty-two (82.4%) specifically required contact with the child;
  • Twenty-seven States (52.9%) specifically required contact with collaterals; and
  • Twenty-seven States (52.9%) expressly required contact with the perpetrator.

The COA and the CWLA suggest that investigations should be completed within 30 days. (See table 4-K.)5

  • Four States (7.8%) required the investigation to be completed within 2 weeks;
  • Twenty States (39.2%) specified within a 2-4 week timeframe;
  • Twenty-three States (45.1%) allowed some or all investigations to be completed within more than 4 weeks; and
  • Five States (9.8%) did not specify timeframes for completion.

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