Child Protective Services

About Child Protective Services

The goal of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to identify, assess and provide services to children and families in an effort to protect children, preserve families, whenever possible, and prevent further maltreatment. Child Protective Services is non-punitive in its approach and is directed toward enabling families to provide adequate care for their children.

We receive reports of abuse and neglect, conduct investigations to determine the validity of the CPS reports and providing services that enhance child safety and prevent further abuse and neglect to families and children.

If you need to report child abuse or neglect you can now report online with the Virginia Department of Social Services. 

To make a report click here:

CPS also develops statewide public awareness and education programs and administrates state and federal grants to prevent abuse and neglect.


Children, under 18, who may be physically or emotionally abused or neglected, are entitled to services regardless of income.