Vol. 7, No. 1 November 2002
Investigated, Don't Assume . . .
will automatically lose my license.
Only after a case decision has been made is it possible to determine
whether the family foster home will remain licensed and available to
I give all the children back to the agency it will close the investigation.
All aspects of the investigative assessment must be completed once a
CPS report is accepted for investigative assessment. Once initiated,
both law and N.C. administrative code require that investigative assessments
be thorough. It is not possible to meet this requirement if components
of an investigative assessments are omitted.
the children will be removed from my home, including my biological children.
Removal of a child from the foster home is not an automatic step. Removal
of the child occurs only when CPS believes that the risk of harm to
the child is greater than the positive strengths of that childs
relationship to the placement providers.
agency that licensed me will investigate.
It is North Carolina policy that CPS investigations of foster families
be conducted by a department of social services other than the foster
care licensing agency as a means to avoid conflict of interest.
N.C. Division of Social Services. (2002). Investigative assessment in
out-of-home living arrangements. In N.C. Division of Social Services
Childrens Services Manual. Online <http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals/dss/csm-60/man/CS1416-01.htm#P49_8964>
2002 Jordan Institute for Families