Child Protective Services & Foster Care
Child Protective Services and Foster Care protects children and enhances their well-being by supporting and strengthening families. State and federal law require Child Welfare to:
- Receive and screen reports from the public of suspected child abuse, neglect and dependency to see if they meet legal criteria for Child Protective Services (CPS) assessments;
- Conduct CPS assessments to determine if children have been maltreated and need protective services;
- Provide protective services to help families keep children who have been maltreated safely at home whenever possible;
- Take children into foster care when no other means are adequate to protect them; and
- Quickly reunify foster children with their families whenever possible while looking for alternate permanent homes through adoption when necessary.
This site is intended to provide useful information for families who have become involved with Child Welfare and for individuals who suspect a child has been abused or neglected.
If you suspect a child has been abused, neglected or become dependent, please call our Report Line at 919-212-7990 (English) or 919-212-7963 (Spanish).
We welcome any comments you may have.
Warren Ludwig, Ph.D.
Child Welfare Administrator