Performance Improvement 2004. National study of child protective services systems and reform efforts: summary


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 paper summarizes key findings on practice and policy, as well as changes being undertaken, which were identified in the national study. Topics include background, screening and triage, investigation, collaboration with law enforcement, alternatives to investigation, collaboration in providing services, and looking toward the future. These findings were discussed at a symposium of persons knowledgeable about child protective services policies and practices and their observations are included in the paper.

PIC ID: 8036
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., Rockville, MD

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