The purpose of this 2-year study was to describe the current status of the Child Protective Services (CPS) system in the United States and reform efforts underway around the nation to improve its operation. The study focused on the following areas: 1) state and local child protective services mandates and policies; 2) child protective services agency functions and practices that are conducted in order to meet those mandates and policies; and 3) innovative reform efforts that are being introduced and their impact on agency functions and practices. While there are five main components to the National Study, this report discusses the findings on CPS practice based on one of the components: the Local Agency Survey (LAS) of the CPS agencies located in a randomly selected sample of the counties in the U.S. The purpose of the survey was to identify the ways in which local agencies carried out the CPS functions across the U.S. Its design consisted of a mail survey to the CPS agencies serving a representative sample of 375 counties. An 80% response rate was achieved. The report discusses current practice related to the organization and administration of CPS, the screening and intake functions, the investigation function, the provision of an alternative non-investigative response by many agencies, and the role of law enforcement and other agencies in CPS work.
PIC ID: 8036.1
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., Rockville, MD