From Complaint to Resolution: Understanding the Child Welfare Grievance Process

Date: May 2022

This factsheet provides parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers with information about the best way to resolve their differences with a child welfare service provider or other related professional. Since child welfare agency policies and procedures vary by State, this factsheet presents information from a national perspective and points to additional State-specific resources. This factsheet addresses many of the challenges experienced by families involved with the child protective services system and highlights the available grievance channels. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2022). From complaint to resolution: Understanding the child welfare grievance process. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. 

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