Child protection investigations by finding in Louisiana

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Child protection investigations by finding

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Definitions: Child protection investigations conducted during the calendar year, by finding 

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request

Footnotes: The child protection investigation process begins with a report of child abuse and/or neglect. Reports are then screened to determine whether or not the allegations meet the definition of child abuse and/or neglect. Investigations are then conducted for screened-in reports of child abuse and neglect. Data reported here reflect the outcomes of these investigations according to three possible outcomes: valid, invalid, and other.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services web site offers more information on the child protection investigation process. 

Child welfare data is reported according to the location of the DCFS office through which the case is handled. Some parishes do not have a DCFS office that handles child welfare cases, and children in those parishes are served by offices in the nearest parish. Geographies reported here reflect instances in which one parish office serves children in multiple parishes (e.g. Jefferson Parish's offices also serve children in Plaquemines and St. Bernard). 

2019-2021 data does not include any investigations considered to be ongoing.

LNE - "low number event" reflects a number or rate based on fewer than five events, and is therefore suppressed

Updated October 6, 2022