SOCIAL SERVICES

What Are CPS In-Home Services?

Child Protective Services (CPS) In-Home Services are a legally mandated and integral part of the Children’s Services continuum and is provided to families who have had a substantiation of abuse, neglect, dependency, or a finding of services needed. The purpose of CPS In-Home Services is to maintain the safety of the child while helping the parent/caretaker to learn more effective parenting practices.
The provision of CPS In-Home Services has the following goals:

  • The provision of CPS In-Home Services has the following goals:
  • To maintain the safety of children;
  • To strengthen the family’s capacity to protect and nurture its children; and
  • To maintain children in their own families

After a substantiation of abuse, neglect, dependency, or a finding of services needed, the primary concern continues to be the child’s safety and protection. The agency is responsible for making reasonable efforts to maintain the child safely in the home, but when safety in the child’s own home cannot be assured, the agency is mandated to take immediate action to protect the child by providing safe, nurturing substitute care.

Intervention is family-focused and may include:

  • Frequent and regular contacts with all family members
  • Announced and unannounced home visits
  • School or day visits
  • On-going evaluation and assessment
  • Counseling
  • Parenting education
  • "Families for Kids" family assessments
  • In-home aide services for education, housekeeping and safety issues
  • Information and referral to community resources.
  • Consultation with other professionals.
  • Help in accessing appropriate services.

The main vehicle for delivering CPS In-home Services is through Child and Family Team (CFT) decision making. A Child and Family Team (CFT) are family members and their community supports that come together to create, implement and update a plan with the child and family.  The plan builds on the strengths of the child and family and addresses their needs, desires and dreams.

The CFT utilizes a team approach to develop specific, individualized, and appropriate interventions for children and families. The CFT recognizes and respects the family as the expert on its own children. A CFT genuinely engages families in the planning process, jointly develops specific safety plans for children at risk, and designs in-home or out-of-home services and supports for families.