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Recognize the Warning Signs

Nervousness around adults
Aggression toward adults or other children
Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
Low self-esteem

If you see these signs in any children you know, offer your help.



In Home Services

Child Protective Services offers support to families to ensure the safety and well being of a child while also following the direction of a family-centered, strengths-based approach. Many services are offered in home to parents, relatives, children, foster parents and adoptive parents. While this is a diverse group to serve the department tailor’s their approach and works with each family to meet the needs of the child and family. Services offered are detailed in individualized case plans that social work staff creates in collaboration with both the Court and the family.

Family Maintenance

Family Maintenance offers an array of services to families where some form of neglect/abuse has occurred. Social Workers attempt to ensure the safety of children while they remain in their family of origin. This provides the least intrusive intervention and preserves crucial family bonds with the goals of eliminating risk and enhancing parenting skills.

Some of the services offered under this program include but are not limited to:

  • Case Management

  • Counseling

  • Parenting Classes

  • Child Care

  • Substance Abuse Intervention/Testing

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Referrals to Community Resources

  • Health Services

  • Transportation

Family Re-Unification

Family Reunification provides supportive intervention and referrals to families where the child is in out-of-home care. These services directly address any protection concerns in the home that led to the child’s removal. The goal of this service component is to ensure that the child can return safely to their home of origin. A concurrent plan is also agreed upon to offer each child a permanent home if the child is unable to safely return home.

Permanent Placement

Child Protective Services strives to maintain and strengthen families. When children are unable to return to their home of origin social work staff seek permanent placement for the child. In order to ensure the least amount of disruption to a child a concurrent plan is put together that will offer the child a permanent, safe, caring home. There are different permanent placements that can be offered to these children based on their situation. Only when adoption is not possible should the other alternatives be considered.

Services available under permanent placement can include but are not limited to:

  • Case Management

  • Counseling

  • Monitoring the child’s physical and emotional health

  • Emergency shelter

  • Transportation

  • Respite care

  • ILP (Independent Living Program)


Adoption offers children the most permanent solution for those that are unable to return to their birth parents and should always be considered for any child who is unlikely to return home. Adoption allows a child to become a legal part of another family they were not born into. To allow another family to adopt a child parental rights must be terminated. Most adoptive families can receive financial and medical assistance, training, counseling and emotional support.


Legal guardianship should be considered as a way to provide permanency in a child’s life after adoption has been explored. Families can still receive assistance

Long Term Foster Care

Long term foster care arrangements can be made when:

  • a child living with a relative or foster parent that does not want to become a legal guardian but can and is willing to provide a stable and permanent environment AND

  • removal of a child would be detrimental to the emotional well-being of the child.

Children in long term foster care remain dependents of the court until they turn 18 years of age, or until they graduate from high school – as long as they graduate before their 19th birthday. Long term foster care placements include a range of options, from relative caretakers to group home levels of care. Placements can be in or out of the county, or the state.

If long term foster care in recommended for a child, a continuous effort to obtain adoption, guardianship or independence for the child must be made.

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