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Does the quantity of physical contact between Children's Social Worker and families' during the assessment and in-person response stage increase child safety in the Department of Child and Family Services of Los Angeles County?
With an annual budget of $2.2 billion, the County of Los Angeles, Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is the largest locally administered child welfare program in America ("Department of Children and Family Services," 2017). It is predicted that DCFS investigates approximate 150,000 child abuse cases and works with about 90,000 families each year ("Department of Children and Family Services," 2017). This research study explores if physical contact between DCFS Children's Social Worker and families' increase child safety. Quality child welfare service is essential to providing effective services to families' and increases child safety. The result of this study will contribute to the concept that physical contact between CSW and families' increases child safety.