At times the interviews conducted at our office are traumatic for the families. In an effort to diminish the impact on the families during this interview process we are seeking community partners to assist in re-designing our family areas. Hopefully, with the assistance of our community partners, we can create more tranquil areas to improve the experience for the families we serve.
The Sheriffs Office Child Protective Investigators are the first responders in all allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment called into the Florida Abuse Hotline in Broward County. Yearly we average over 14,000 investigations.
The Child Protective Investigator's (CPI) main function is to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment, with the responsibility to ensure child safety while concurrently considering family preservation. The CPIS program in Broward is unique. From our collaborative partnerships with dozens oflocal service provider agencies, our co-located services, i.e. domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health, and community base care partners and our exceptional relationship to all law enforcement agencies in Broward County.
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Our centrally located CPIS Office is a hub for family members and the investigators to meet and plan the best course of action for each family's specific needs. Our goal is to create an ambiance at our office that will induce open communication between all parties. To accomplish this goal the atmosphere must feel like a safe haven for both the families and children we serve. This past year, the CPIS Section has been working on redecorating the interview areas to create this safe haven. With the assistance of the Oscar Thomas Foundation and other partnerships we will create this safe haven at the CPIS offices to better serve our most vulnerable population, Children.