What are the possible outcomes of a CPS investigation?
After the investigation is complete, CPS must determine if abuse or neglect occurred and how to address the problem. Here are the possibilities:
- CPS may decide that abuse or neglect has not occurred ("unsubstantiated"). The case may be closed without further intervention.
- CPS may decide that abuse or neglect has not occurred ("unsubstantiated"), but the family is in need of services. With parent approval, the case is kept open for voluntary services.
- CPS may decide that abuse or neglect occurred (substantiation). Several things can happen depending on the child`s safety:
- If the child can remain safely in the home without court involvement, the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be asked to participate in a case plan and a safety plan.
- If the child`s safety requires court involvement, CPS will place your child into protective custody. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to participate in a case plan.