Child Protective Services (CPS) is concern for the care of children, which is expressed through laws established in every State.
Every child has a right to adequate care and supervision and to be free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
It is the responsibility of parents to see that the physical, mental, emotional, educational, and medical needs of their children are adequately met.
When parents cannot or will not fulfill their responsibilities to protect their children, CPS has the right and obligation to intervene directly on the children’s behalf.
Once the child is remove from his/her parents home we want to best protect the child’s overall well being. Therefore, CPS want to assure that the child is move to a permanency home as quickly as possible.
All people have a reservoir of untapped, renewable, and expandable abilities (mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual) that can be used to facilitate change.
Each child has a right to a permanent family.
Each child and family member should be empowered to work toward his or her own needs and goals.
Using a strength-based, child-centered, family-focused practice.
Assuring the safety of children in the context of their family.
Practicing complete confidentiality.
Continuing pursuit of knowledge and skills to effectively accomplish the mission of CPS.
Persons of diverse racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and a belief that there is strength in diversity.
Emergency Response (ER):
When a referral is received, the social service staff obtains facts from the person making the referral to determine if the referral alleges abuse, neglect, or exploitation. ER do investigation and report between 2 hours to 10 days.
Family Maintenance (FM):
Services are provided to children who remain safely in the home while the family receives services. If it is determined that a child cannot remain in the home, even with family preservation and support services, then foster placement is arranged in the most family-like setting, that is located close to the parent's home, consistent with the best interests of the child.
Family Reunification (FR):
Up to a certain months of services are provided to children and their families when a child has been removed from the home and the family is making progress toward reunification.
Permanent Placement (PP):
Is designed to provide an alternative permanent family structure for children who cannot safely return to their parents. The placements are either long-term foster care or legal guardianship.
CPS is the central agency in each community that receives reports of suspected child abuse and neglect
Involved in diversity of population
Included White, Native American, Hispanic, Asian, and Black
CPS meet the needs of protecting children who wants supports and helps
Some of the challenges are cultural diversity and gaining your trusts as social worker because according to the community CPS is known as awful or bad because we are taking kids away.
CPS serves all ethnicity but the main goal is protecting children from harm and neglect.
Any children that fall under these codes are at risk.
a ) Serious physical harm
( b ) Failure to supervise and/or protect
( c ) Serious emotional damage
( d ) Sexual abuse
( e ) Severe physical abuse of a child
under age 5 years
( f ) Death of a child
( g ) No provision for support
( h ) Freed for adoption
( i ) Cruelty
( j ) Abuse of a sibling
If the child fall under any of these codes CPS have the right to intervene and take your child away.
Vision: To lead an integrated network of community partners that supports, protects and strengthens children and families.
Mission : To promote a system of best practice in partnership with the community, committed to prevention and early intervention, that ensures child safety, permanence and stability, family well-being, that is proactive, strategic, outcomes-based and fiscally responsible to the children and families served.
As a social worker , you need to understand the perspective conceptualizes human behavior and social functioning within an environmental context.
Need to understand and practice the method and strategies that draw upon the strengths of children, families, and communities.
Need to considerate individual growth and development and family development from a lifespan perspective.
Should focus on safely maintaining children in their own homes or, if necessary, placing them permanently with other families.
Understand the perspective of clients who may come from culturally diverse backgrounds. It ‘s important to accept them for who they are.
Assess the safety of children
Intervene to protect children from harm
Strengthen the ability of families to protect their children
Provide either a reunification or an alternative, safe family for the child