Investigation

Reports Considered


Valid CPS reports will be considered for an Investigation Response when there are immediate child safety concerns and/or the type of report is required by the Code of Virginia to be investigated including, but not limited to:
  • Abandonment
  • Fatalities
  • Hospitalization due to suspected abuse/neglect
  • Injury due to use of weapons such as guns or knives
  • Institutional abuse/neglect
  • Physical abuse requiring medical evaluation and/or treatment
  • Serious Injuries
  • Sexual abuse

Investigation Purpose


The purpose of the investigation is to:
  • Determine if abuse/neglect occurred
  • Identify the abuser/neglector
  • Protect the child
  • Provide service to prevent recurrence
Joint investigations with law enforcement and/or regulatory authorities, in accordance with local protocols, may occur.

Investigation Timeline


Each CPS investigation results in a finding of Founded or Unfounded within 45-60 days of report. Founded reports are kept by local social services departments and the Virginia Department of Social Services Central Registry of Founded Child Abuse and Neglect for 3 to 18 years depending upon the severity of the incident.