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Module 5: Overseeing State Plans of Safe Care Systems and Reporting Data

Module 5: Overseeing State Plans of Safe Care Systems and Reporting Data

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2020

Each state that receives a grant under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is to provide, to the maximum extent practicable, a report on key data points, including the number of identified infants, the number of infants for whom a Plan of Safe Care was developed, and the number of infants for whom a referral was made, including services for the affected family or caregiver. In addition, states are required to develop and implement monitoring systems of Plans of Safe Care to determine whether and in what manner local entities are making referrals and delivering appropriate services to infants affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure or an FASD, and to their affected family or caregivers. This module explores how to develop and monitor policies and procedures related to Plans of Safe Care and strategies to enhance the ability of states to report data to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS).

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Topic(s): CAPTA Plans of Safe Care

Section: Policy and Practice Resources

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