Child Protection – The Child Protective Services program strives to ensure safe, permanent, nurturing families for children by protecting them from abuse and neglect while attempting to preserve the family unit. These services help prevent further harm to children from intentional physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation, or neglect by a person responsible for a child's health or welfare.
Child Placement -- When it is unsafe to remain in their home, children are placed in the responsibility of the agency through court ordered custody, voluntary placement agreements, or release for adoption. Permanency planning for children provides time-limited and goal-oriented care for children to achieve permanent families as soon as possible.
Adoption – Adoption provides children with legal permanency in safe, loving homes. Adoptions include agency adoptive placements, stepparent and relative adoptions and independent adoptions arranged between birth parents and unrelated individuals. Supportive services are also provided to families adopting children who have been in the custody of the agency due to abuse and neglect.
Foster Home Recruitment, Training and Licensing -- Children in foster care need caring, committed, loving and capable families to provide a temporary nurturing home environment. Recruiting, training, licensing, supporting and monitoring foster and adoptive homes for children in foster care is a partnership with the community.
Foster and adoptive families are diverse in race, ethnicity, income and age. There are both single and married individuals.
We encourage interested persons to contact us to learn about the need for foster / resource families and the requirements to become involved in our program. There is a required 30 hour Pre-service Training. Pre-service training is offered FREE! We utilize the "Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting: Group Preparation and Selection" (MAPP) curriculum which is offered two times per year.