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. This “Review of State CPS Policy” report presents findings from the analysis of State policies. Chapters in administration, screening and intake, investigation, and alternative response are included. Policy manuals covering these functions were reviewed for all States and the District of Columbia. Forty-eight states participated in confirmation interviews designed to clarify policies identified in written materials. This review determined that although there is considerable variation in policy, there are common functions and features of CPS Policy that seem to reflect the requirements of the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and practice principles recommended by professional organizations such as the Council on Accreditation and Child Welfare League of America.
PIC ID: 8036.3
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., Rockville, MD