What is a well-functioning child protection agency?
Research studies and child development data consistently show that children achieve better outcomes with the strength of safe familial bonds that benefit a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs well into adulthood. Removing a child from their family and placing them in foster care is one of the most intrusive and traumatizing actions that government can take. Policymakers should hold child protection agencies accountable for ensuring children are never removed from their families in response to non-safety related concerns. To accomplish this, a well-functioning child protection agency can use carefully researched tools and interventions to improve child safety assessment and keep families together.
This white paper outlines the purpose and responsibilities of a well-functioning child protection agency. It is the first in a series to further inform a broad audience about child protection and the limited, appropriate role of child protection agencies within the context of a family well-being system.