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Review of the Effect of Child Protection Investigations on Families, Report No. 97-69, April 1998
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  • We attempted to survey 600 adult family members involved in child abuse cases randomly selected from the Florida Abuse Hotline Information System. We completed surveys for 204 of these individuals.
  • Respondents reported that child protective investigations did not have widespread adverse effects on parent's authority to discipline or control their children, or on their children's behavior.
  • However, about half the respondents reported that the department is not focusing on appropriate cases, and one-half reported that they did not know whether their case had been closed.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-20 Status Report: Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Investigation Administrative Review Process, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-26 Subjects of Child Protective Investigations: Survey Results and Case Characteristics, published in December 1998
  • Report No. 96-44 Evaluation of Child Welfare Legal Services Pilot Projects, published in January 1997.
  • Report No. 12223 Performance Audit of the Emergency Shelter Program, published in January 1994.

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