What is child protective services?

Child Protective Services is a unit within the Department of Social Services (DSS) that investigates child abuse, neglect, and dependency of children from birth to 18 years of age.  The purpose of the investigation is to determine:

  • the extent of any abuse or neglect
  • the risk of harm to the child
  • whether the child and family need assistance or intervention services by DSS to insure child safety in the home
  • what services would be most helpful
  • whether a petition should be filed to take the matter to juvenile court

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1. What is child protective services?
2. What is child abuse?
3. What is child neglect?
4. What is dependency?
5. How do I make a report?
6. Do I have to give my name when I make a report?
7. Who must report child abuse and neglect?