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Traditionally, a host of necessary case fact-finding responsibilities and activities has been used by public Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies to ensure that they can achieve mandates to protect children from maltreatment as well as to strengthen and preserve the families of atrisk children. The primary CPS case fact-finding activities include risk assessment, investigation (both CPS and forensic), and family assessment. Information collected while engaged in any one of these three activities will often be relevant and important to the others. However, each case fact-finding activity also requires specific inquiry to elicit information that is essential to achieve its distinct purpose.


Reproduced with permission. Copyright 2016 American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Originally published as Vandervort, Frank E., co-author. "Differential Response: Misrepresentation of CPS Investigation and Case Fact Finding." R.C.Hughes, co-author. APSAC Advisor 28, no. 7 (2016).

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