Child Protective Services (CPS)

Child abuse can be defined as a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child. Child abuse includes:
  • Physical abuse: Physical abuse includes but not limited to bruises, broken bones, failure to thrive, burns, lacerations, bald patches on the scalp
  • Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse is any sexual behavior imposed on a minor to include pornography.
  • Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse includes psychological damage created by the child's parent, guardian or caretaker which causes the child severe emotional distress as exhibited by anxiety, depression, withdrawal or aggressive behavior.
  • Child neglect: Child neglect may include serious disregard for a juvenile's supervision, care, medical needs, improper discipline, injurious environment, or a child who has been abandoned.