What is Child Protective Services?

Child Protective Services (CPS) is a branch of the Alberta government investigates reports that a parent is not able or not willing to ensure the well-being of their children. CPS will look for signs of child abuse or neglect.

If a child needs protection, CPS can provide “intervention” services. This is when the government gets involved in the care of a child. Intervention services are focused on the well-being of children and youth. They are meant to:

  • support families to be healthy; and
  • ensure children grow up in safe and nurturing homes.

Child intervention services are provided throughout Alberta by 10 Child and Family Services Authorities and 18 Delegated First Nation Agencies.

When a child is in need of intervention, CPS will do everything they can to support the family to allow the child to remain in the home. However, sometimes it may be best for the child to be taken out of the custody of the parent or guardian. This can be temporary or permanent. Even in permanent situations, CPS tries to keep the healthiest possible family relationships. All of these decisions are based on the best interests of the child.

Be Aware

Child Protective Services only deals with cases where abuse is caused or allowed by a child’s parent or guardian. If you suspect a child is being abused by someone other than a parent or guardian, please call your local police.

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