Once the assessment is completed, CPS decides whether the facts gathered during the assessment meet the definitions of child abuse or neglect contained in state law.

CPS will then decide to pursue a full investigation or close the case.

Upon CPS' completion of the investigation, they will send a written response to the mandated reporter which includes CPS' determination in the case, whether legal action was taken, and a reminder that the information in the response is to remain confidential.

If the child is not in the custody of their parent/guardian, and informing the parent/guardian is not seen as an endangerment to the child, they will be notified as soon as they are identified.

Individuals named as alleged perpetrators of abuse or neglect will be notified by CPS during the course of their investigation.

Unless there are imminent safety concerns that cannot be mitigated through safety planning and/or services, CPS specialists do everything they can to keep children safely in their home and community. If removal is necessary, removal of a child from a home must be authorized by the court.

Law enforcement and medical professionals may take temporary custody of a child in danger. When this happens, the court and Child Protective Services must be informed by the next regular business day.

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Two months have passed since Lisa reported her suspicions. He was temporarily moved to live with his local grandparents while his parents receive treatment. His grandmother brings Jack to school and picks him up every day.

He is clean now. He no longer smells bad. He eats like a normal six-year-old. Best of all, he smiles sometimes.

What Lisa did was very hard for her—but it was the law. And it made a big difference to one little boy.