Will the child be removed from the home?
A child is removed from the home only as a last resort. As defined in Virginia law, this would be when there is "imminent threat to the life or health of the child." In such cases, CPS social workers do not act alone. They must have court approval to remove a child from a parent's custody. Usually, approval occurs before the child is removed, however, in extreme emergencies, the court may approve after the removal.

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1. What happens when I call the Hotline?
2. Will the child be removed from the home?
3. What happens to a child when he or she is removed from the home?
4. Does CPS become involved in child custody or visitation disputes?
5. At what age can a child be left alone — and for how long?
6. What types of abuse does CPS investigate?
7. How are you able to work with people who do not speak English?
8. How widespread is child sexual abuse?
9. What are the Child Supervision Guidelines?