NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Social Services Child Welfare Services – 2019
North Carolina Child Welfare strives to ensure safe, permanent, nurturing families for children. The goal is that every child in North Carolina grows up in a safe, permanent, self-sufficient family where well-being needs of all are met. Child Protective Services are legally mandated, non-voluntary services for families that encompass services for maltreated children (abused, neglected, and/or dependent) and those who are at imminent risk of harm due to the actions of, or lack of protection by, the child’s parent or caregiver. Child Protective Services, provided by county child welfare agencies, are designed to protect children from further harm and to support and improve parental/caregiver abilities to assure a safe and nurturing home for each child. This North Carolina Child Welfare Manual provides the policy, protocol, and guidance for county child welfare agencies in the provision of Child Protective Services Intake, Assessments, In-Home, and Permanency Planning.