Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) awarded Child Protective Services (CPS), a program within the Department of Social Services (DSS), a $50,000 grant to enhance service delivery to children and families. This money is being used to acquire mobile technology, which will improve communications between CPS workers and their supervisors and most notably, allow CPS workers to better assist families in locating neighborhood resources.
“Children are our most valuable asset and Child Protective Services is in place to protect our children from abuse and neglect,” said County Executive Mangano. “With these grant funds, we will further make certain that children are safe and families’ needs are being met by using technology to maintain up to the minute information.”
In 2013, more than 7,000 reports were called into the State Central Registry requiring CPS to investigate each and every claim.
“We are grateful to New York State OCFS for providing our CPS staff with this enhanced funding,” added DSS Commissioner Dr. John E. Imhof. “By using mobile technology, workers will be able to gather up to the minute case information on a family by accessing case records as well as communicate more efficiently with their supervisors while they are making home visits. Workers will also be able to use the technology to help families locate services in their community to best meet their needs.”
If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment, please call the New York State Central Registry at 1-800-342-3720.