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Child Welfare Services

LCDSS administers the Child Welfare Services (CWS) program under federal and state statutes and regulations.  CWS is responsible to obtain or provide interventions and services to address child abuse and neglect; and, increase the well-being of children and families.  A Staff Services Analyst in CWS oversees all related MOUs and contracts.

The four traditional service components of the program were established through State Senate Bill 14, enacted in 1982 to implement federal requirements under Public Law 96-272:

  • Emergency Response
  • Family Maintenance
  • Family Reunification
  • Permanent Placement