Child Protection and Fostering Connections

Child Protection and Fostering Connections Programs and Services

Child Protection and Fostering Connections provide an array of services to ensure the safety and well-being of children. These services include Child Protection (CP) maltreatment assessments, CP case management services for families, temporary out-of-home placements, and adoption services. 
Child Protection workers screen and respond to reports of child maltreatment within timelines established by state statute. An initial assessment may be followed by ongoing case management. During case management, families receive services from Social Services staff and contracted vendors to increase parenting skills, build resiliency, and ensure that children will be safe. In some cases, children must be removed from their homes for safety. Parents receive services and assistance so that children can safely be returned to their homes.
The Youth Engagement Program works with minors who are identified as truant and/or as runaway. Staff provide case management services to children and their families to address underlying causes of why children are not regularly attending school.
Adoption and Foster Care: When it is necessary for the child's safety, the parents' rights may be terminated and children come under the care of the state. These children remain with foster families until an adoptive family can be found. When possible, siblings are placed together.
Adoption and Permanent Connections units staff work to identify potential adoptive families, including relatives who have been identified as possible resources and foster families interested in adoption. Federal law allows children who have been in foster care to remain in care or return to care up to age 21 if they desire. Fostering Connections helps young adults with ongoing training and assistance to prepare them for independent lives and/or financial assistance with their education.
Foster Care and Child Care Licensing: Social Services provides licensing of family foster care and child care providers who wish to provide child care in their homes. Potential foster care parents are trained in child safety and development. Licensing staff assist foster parents to complete required paperwork, ensure homes are safe, and provide information about adoption. Foster parents receive advice and training in working with the family of origin so children remain in contact with their biological family.
Child care licensing staff inspect the physical safety of homes and help potential child care providers understand licensing requirements. Licensors make regular visits to ensure that providers are maintaining a safe environment and have the materials they need to provide quality child care.

Children Served By Child Protection & Fostering Connections

As the number of child maltreatment reports increases, so do the number of reported screened in for assessment. Intake workers screen reports of suspected child maltreatment to determine if what is being described meets the law's definition of maltreatment. If so, reports are investigated and case management and other services are provided.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Social Services is working to decrease racial and ethnic disparities across the child welfare system. The department is gathering community input and conducting race equity analyses to better understand the decision points where racial/ethnic disparities occur, and identifying policies and procedures that need to change to reduce disparities.

Child Protection Caseloads

Social Services monitors the caseload sizes of Child Protection staff to help ensure staff have the resources they need to ensure child safety.

Child Protection and Fostering Connections Client Data

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