Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the challenges facing child protective services (CPS) in protecting children, focusing on: (1) problems confronting CPS units that affect the system's capacity to protect children from abuse and neglect; (2) state and local responses to these problems; and (3) opportunities for the federal government to assist in improving the system's capacity to respond to the needs of abused and neglected children.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services||1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should use the current research agenda, allowed under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, to facilitate better targeting of future funding for those areas that support local efforts to explore collaborative partnerships with other community agencies.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should develop new cost-effective strategies to disseminate and deliver the results of these local efforts and other related work through the National Clearinghouse and the National Resource Center.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||3. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should develop specific techniques, such as regional seminars, white papers, and on-site technical assistance, to promote community-based approaches to CPS.|