When necessary a social worker will visit with the children and the parents within 24 hours to ten days, depending on the urgency of the safety and service needs of the family.
Many people are under the misconception that if a family is reported for child abuse the parent will always be arrested and the child will be taken away from the family. Although this may occur in serious abuse cases, the family is usually referred to services such as:
- Parenting classes
- Public assistance agencies
- Other community resources
The goal of child protective agencies is to try to keep the family unit intact unless the child is in danger. The goal of all of us is to protect our children and help them grow up healthy and happy.