When would it be necessary to remove a child from his or her home?
The Department's goal is to maintain children safely in their own homes; however, the safety of the child is our primary goal. The Department provides protective services to families to help prevent abuse and neglect and links them to resources to help them become nurturing caregivers to their children. However, if the department determines through thorough assessments and investigations that the safety of the child is in danger if the child remains in his / her own home, the child will be placed in another home. There are a number of options for placement of a child, including with another relative or into foster care.

Show All Answers

1. At what age is it appropriate to leave my child at home alone?
2. What constitutes child abuse and/or neglect?
3. Is homelessness a reason to remove a child from his or her parents?
4. If I make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, will my identity be protected?
5. Can I make an anonymous report of child abuse or neglect?
6. What persons are mandated by the state to report suspected child abuse or neglect and what are the penalties for failure to report?
7. When would it be necessary to remove a child from his or her home?
8. What is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
9. What is a guardian ad litem?