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Decision-Making in Unsubstantiated Child Protective Services Cases: Synthesis of Recent Research
This paper synthesizes the findings of three Children's Bureau funded research grants on unsubstantiated child protective services (CPS) cases. It specifically addresses the case, decision-maker, organizational, and external factors that influence the decision to substantiate or unsubstantiate a CPS referral and how that decision impacts outcomes for children. Researchers' suggestions for practical implications and future research also are presented. 1 table, 1 figure.
Acknowledgment(s): This synthesis was made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2003). Decision-making in unsubstantiated child protective services cases: Synthesis of recent research. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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