Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations/Family Assessments

After a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation has been made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, the information is referred to the appropriate CD county office. Missouri law requires that a CD Children’s Service Worker initiate an investigation/family assessment within 24 hours of the receipt of the report, unless the incident relates to educational neglect only, in which case an investigation/family assessment must be initiated within 72 hours.

The purpose of the investigation/family assessment is to detect cases of actual or potential abuse or neglect and to help the family and the child. If the child is reported to be in immediate danger, the Children’s Service Worker must immediately and directly observe the child.