Understanding why child protective services might investigate you

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2023 | Juvenile Dependency |

In Florida, the safety and well-being of children are paramount. When concerns arise about a child’s safety, Florida’s Department of Children and Families, through Child Protective Services, can step in to investigate. In 2021 alone, Florida’s DCF reported that CPS investigated over 250,000 children because of claims of potential abuse and neglect. These investigations aim to ensure children live in safe environments and receive proper care.

Knowing why CPS might investigate you can be helpful, as it can promote better understanding and potentially prevent situations that could lead to an investigation.

Allegations of abuse or neglect

CPS might investigate you if someone makes a report alleging child abuse or neglect. Abuse can include physical, emotional or psychological abuse. Neglect often refers to failing to provide a child with necessary care, such as food, clothing, medical care or supervision.

Substance abuse

If you or another person in your household struggles with substance abuse, this can lead to a CPS investigation. Substance abuse can create unsafe environments for children and may interfere with providing proper care.

Unsuitable living conditions

If concerns arise about the living conditions in your home, CPS may step in to ensure things are satisfactory for your children. These might include unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, lack of utilities or conditions that pose a safety hazard to children.

Mental health concerns

If a parent or caregiver has untreated or poorly managed mental health issues that could affect their ability to care for a child safely, this could trigger a CPS investigation.

Florida’s CPS conducts investigations for various reasons, all centered around ensuring a child’s safety and well-being. Remember, the primary concern of CPS is the welfare of the child. If you are under investigation, cooperate fully and demonstrate your commitment to providing a safe home for your child.

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