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Child Protective Services (CPS) is responsible for investigations of abuse and/or maltreatment of children under the age of 18. A child is only removed where there is imminent risk and there is no relative with whom the child can be placed. As needed, CPS caseworkers seek intervention from Family Court for Orders of Protection, court-ordered services for families, and/or authorization to place a child in foster care. 

Reports of child abuse or neglect are made by calling the State Central Registry at 1-800-342-3720.