National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Objectives


The key objectives of the reform efforts were to:

  • Improve responsiveness through staff specialization. For example, all sexual abuse is handled by a dedicated sexual abuse investigator and all intakes are handled by an dedicated intake worker;
  • Expedite and improve services, procedures, and protocols. A Community Service Review Team Was comprised of the District Attorney, police, service providers, and physicians was developed. The team designed the initial procedures and protocols; and
  • Better meet the best interests of the child. Two part-time attorneys were hired to serve as Guardians Ad Litem.

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