Child Protective Services are legally mandated for county departments of social services to provide protective services for juveniles alleged to be abused, neglected, or dependent. Protective services includes:
Invoke the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for the child's removal and placement in a safe home (relatives or foster care) if children are at risk of harm
Making a prompt and thorough investigation to ascertain the facts of the situation, the extent of the injury or condition resulting from abuse, neglect, or dependency, and the risk of harm to the child to determine whether protective services are required or a petition should be initiated
Provide services to prevent removal of children from their homes and strengthen family life
Receiving and screening reports of abuse, neglect, and dependency
This service provides intensive services to children, both in foster care and at home in terms of making permanent plans for them. Permanency planning prevents foster care drift and promotes better planning for children in Social Services caseloads.