Children are best served when they can safely remain in their homes with their families intact. Sometimes, children might need to be temporarily placed outside of their home while DSS puts resources in place to meet a family’s specific needs. The purpose of the resources is to help a family change the behaviors that put their children at risk and increase the behaviors that can keep their children safe. If the family situation cannot be sufficiently improved to provide safety for the children, permanent placement outside of the family home might need to happen and DSS coordinates this process.
Need to report abuse or neglect?
To report a potential case of child abuse or neglect, immediately contact the county DSS office where the child resides. Intake staff will assist the person making the report and assess the information provided to determine if an investigation is necessary.
Local law enforcement offices can also file reports of potential abuse or neglect and ask DSS to investigate the case.