National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Requirements Regarding Who Is Investigated


State policy specified the subject of the investigation. (See table 4-F.) Forty-seven States (92.2%) specified that all children in the family or home would be the subjects of the investigation. Ten States (19.6%) had additional policy considerations. Some examples included "all children present at the time of the initial investigation;" "all adults in the home who have responsibility for the care, custody, and control of the child;" "parents not residing in the home, but who may have routine contact with the child;" and "only other siblings who may be at risk."

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