Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Protection of Children




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The information has been provided from the Child Protective Services manual for the caseworker to use in evaluating whether child abuse/neglect might exist and/or whether a referral to Department of Children’s Services for further evaluation is in order.


The Mid-Century White House Conference on Children and Youth defined the rights of all children which must be preserved and protected.  These rights of children and rights and responsibilities of parents are detailed in the Department of Children’s Services policy.  However, the following information must be made available to all Family Assistance staff so that they will be fully aware of the Department of Human Services’ responsibility in protecting children.


Federal regulations and state law require that Family Assistance staff be alert to possible signs of neglect, abuse or exploitation of the children we serve and to make appropriate referrals.  Every child has the basic right to have parents and a home in which he/she receives the necessities for sustaining life. Therefore, Families First benefits may preserve a home and the necessities for the child when he/she is in jeopardy of losing these. 


When assistance is requested, the Family Assistance staff must determine eligibility as quickly and objectively as possible to ensure that income is made available to purchase these necessities (if all eligibility requirements are met regardless of the strengths or weaknesses of the home situation).  When there is reason to believe that a home is unsuitable because of neglect, abuse or exploitation, the condition is to be brought to the attention of the Department of Children’s Services staff with the facts which support this belief.  Family Assistance staff must also cooperate with the Department of Children’s Services in planning and implementing any action which is in the best interest of the child.


The Family Assistance staff must report and refer any observations of neglect or abuse of children immediately to the Department of Children’s Services so that that staff can provide any needed protective services.  The following are examples of neglect if the child is


·        Malnourished, ill-clad, dirty or without proper shelter.


·        Physically abused or cruelly treated.


·        Without proper supervision and is left unattended or is allowed to wander about without parental direction.


·        Overworked or exploited.


·        Seriously ill and the parents neglect or refuse to provide the necessary medical care and treatment.


·        Emotionally disturbed and his disturbance appears to be the result of physical, mental or emotional incapacity of his parents or of other manifestation of family breakdown, such as severe marital conflict.


·        Denied normal exercise that produce feelings of being loved, wanted, secure and worthy.



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