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


While the disposition categories supported determining whether abuse or neglect had occurred or the child was at risk, there were additional purposes for an investigation. (See table 4-C.)

  • Thirty-one States (60.8%) specified determining a disposition as a purpose;
  • Thirty-one States (60.8%) specified assessing or remediating safety as a purpose;
  • Thirty States (58.8%) specified assessing or remediating risk as a purpose;
  • Twenty-seven States (52.9%) specified determining need for services as a purpose;
  • Nineteen States (37.3%) explicitly specified protecting the child as a purpose; and
  • Five States (9.8%) specified maintaining the family as a purpose.

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