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


Receiving community referrals, which includes those from State-mandated professional reporters and the population at large, is the gateway to CPS. In this chapter, the function of accepting referrals (also termed "reports") is described in terms of specific features. The chapter examines who is considered a mandated reporter, the criteria for accepting or screening out a referral, the key decisions discussed in policy and who is assigned the responsibility for making these decisions, and what notifications to other agencies are required by policy.

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