How Is Child Abuse Handled In New York?

Child abuse is one of the worst things that can happen to a child. If someone is suspected of committing child abuse, then there will be: (i) an investigation; (ii) an intervention; and (iii) a possible removal.

Investigation: Upon receiving information or a complaint of child abuse, Child Protective Services (CPS) will conduct an investigation. In serious cases, there may first be an arrest, and then an investigation. CPS will interview the suspected abuser, the parents and any other individuals that may have information about the abuse. CPS may also conduct a home inspection. CPS may also examine medical records and school records. In some cases, CPS may question the child’s teachers and doctors.

Intervention: If CPS, after its investigation, believes that child abuse has occurred, then CPS will take intervention measures. CPS can initiate a neglect case in court or can request that the abuse be arrested.

Removal: If CPS believes that it is warranted, then they can remove the child from the abuser’s home.  The child will most likely be placed with foster parents, although, in some situations, the child could be placed with a relative (e.g., grandparent, aunt, uncle).

It is important to know, that certain individuals are “mandated reporters” and if they suspect child abuse, they must report it. There is a very long list of mandated reporters, some of the professions on this list include: Doctors, Physician’s assistant, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Optometrist, Chiropractor, Podiatrist, Licensed marriage and family therapist, teachers, guidance counselor, school nurse, day care center worker, and police officer. This is an incomplete list, however, you can see that many professionals are required to report suspected cases of child abuse to CPS.

If you need more information about child abuse, and if you believe you have been falsely accused of child abuse, then call David Badanes at the Badanes Law Office. The Badanes Law Office has helped numerous clients who have been falsely accused on child abuse. Call today at 631-239-1702, email at The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Garden City, Nassau County.

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