What is the time limit on how many days child protection services has to decide if they are going to open a case or not?

When is a report of concern is made as to how long a social worker has to figure out if there’s going to be a case or not? After how many days from the report until it expires, do they run out of time?

Asked on January 18, 2013 under Family Law, Colorado


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country there is no per se time period for social services to decide if a child custody matter will be opened or not. Ordinarily social services needs to engage in a proper investigation of all facts of a given matter which simply takes time.

Once a report is made, it is reviewed and decided if further action is needed or not. There is no set time period to pursue the matter nor is there a time period where the information in the report expires.

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