The effects of child poverty reductions on child protective services involvement

The number of child protective services (CPS) investigations could be cut by more than a third — or up to 1.2 million fewer investigations annually — if certain poverty reduction policies were in place. That could mean 23,000 fewer children a year being removed from their families and placed in foster care.

These are some of the findings of a new collaboration among Casey Family Programs, Columbia University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study used National Academy of Sciences (NAS) child poverty reduction policy packages to examine the impact that such policies would have on CPS investigations and removals.

The study was published in Social Service Review, Volume 97, Number 1, by the University of Chicago Press.

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