The Prosecutor’s Office provides legal counsel to the Department of Human Services - Child Protection Services Division in cases involving the abuse and/or neglect of children by their parents or guardians, in Family Court.
The goal of these cases is to obtain a safe and healthy permanent placement for these children who are unable to protect themselves from abuse and/or neglect. Sometimes that safe and healthy permanent placement is with their parent or guardian (after various services are provided to the parent and the child), and sometimes it is with an adoptive family.
To reach this goal, the Prosecutor’s Office works with:
Court Appointed Special Advocates
The Department of Human Services
The Family Court Judge
The Family Court Referees
Foster care and adoption agencies
Various community service providers
The office works with all of these people and organizations to ensure that all parties receive due process (that the law is being followed) and that the child’s needs are being met.
Concerned citizens wanting to report child abuse/neglect:
Call the Department of Human Services Central Intake at 855-444-3911.
Call your local law enforcement agency.
Mandatory reporters wanting to report child abuse/neglect:
Immediately call Department of Human Services Central Intake at 855-444-3911.