Referral Process for Child Protective Services or “At Risk” Children

Department of Social Services

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Child Welfare Services Workers may certify that a child receiving child protective services has a need for early learning and care services as a necessary component of the child protective services plan.

Child Welfare Services referral letters must be on official agency letterhead and include all of the following:
  • First name, last name, and date of birth for parent(s) and child(ren)

  • Home address and phone number for parent(s) and child(ren)

  • A statement detailing that the child(ren) is receiving protective services and that childcare and early learning and care services are a necessary component of the child protective services plan

  • The days and hours per day required for care

  • The name, address, telephone number, and signature of the child welfare services worker who is making the referral

Legally Qualified Professionals

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Legally qualified professionals from a legal, medical, social service agency, or emergency shelter may certify that a child is at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that the family needs early learning and care services.

Letters from legally qualified professionals must be on official agency letterhead and include all of the following:
  • First name, last name, and date of birth for parent(s) and child(ren)

  • Home address and phone number for parent(s) and child(ren)

  • A statement that the child(ren) are at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that the family needs early learning and care service

  • The days and hours per day required for care

  • The days and hours per day required for care

  • The name, business address, telephone number and signature of the legally qualified professional from the legal, medical, or social services agency, or emergency shelter who is making the referral and the name of the agency or shelter with who the individual is associated.