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

04/01/2003

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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