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Work for Strong Families

The Center for Children and Families works to improve permanency, safety and well-being for children while strengthening families.


noun \ˈwel-ˈbē-iŋ\

The state of being happy, healthy or successful

Researchers have documented the impacts of abuse and neglect on the short- and long-term health and well-being of children.

Q: How do you measure a child’s “well-being”?
A: We use the four ELEMENTS of well-being:

  • 1. Cognitive functioning (Thinking, reasoning, remembering)
  • 2. Physical health and development (Wellness, growth, age-appropriate progress)
  • 3. Behavioral/emotional functioning (Personality, attitudes, interests and abilities)
  • 4. Social functioning (Ability to interact in the normal or usual way in society)
    • Source: Lou, Anthony, Stone, Vu, & Austin (2008)


noun \ˈsāf-tē\

The condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss

Implementation of the SAMS model has required that CPS work much more diligently to address the safety of children more creatively, utilizing extended family, neighbors, friends, and community agencies in-home as often as possible and that removal only take place when present danger to children cannot otherwise be alleviated. Additionally, SAMS requires CPS to update safety plans every thirty (30) days and to return children/families to independent housing as soon as present danger has been mitigated.

"...in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity."

Carol Bellamy


adjective ˈper-ma-nənt

Lasting or intended to last for a very long time : not temporary or changing

Child Protective Services defines permanency as physical permanency in which the child remains consistently full-time in their adoptive home/guardianship.

"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected,
that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."

Kofi Annan

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