CPS Authorities & Responsibilities

The Code of Virginia empowers CPS with designated authorities and responsibilities in responding to reports of suspected abuse and neglect and ensuring child safety. These authorities and responsibilities apply to both investigations and family assessments and include:
  • Immediate response
  • Interviews with:
    • The alleged victim
    • Siblings
    • Parents, alleged abuser/neglector
    • Other persons having information
  • Observation of the family home
  • Authority to take a child into protective custody when there is immediate danger
  • Authority to petition the Court
  • Authority to take photographs and arrange for x-rays
  • Responsibility to report designated incidents to law enforcement and the Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Responsibility to arrange protective and rehabilitative services
  • Responsibility to create and coordinate community partnerships to ensure effective services delivery to families affected by child abuse/neglect.