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What happens to a child after mental abuse is reported?

After a report of child mental abuse, child welfare services will investigate the charge to determine the safety of the child's environment. The agency will work within legal guidelines to protect the child. Depending on the depth of abuse, the child may be returned to the family, relocated to a family member, or placed in foster care. Placement outside the home, with relatives or foster care, is often temporary until an investigation is concluded. In extreme cases of abuse, the social worker will terminate parental rights and place the child in foster care permanently, where the child becomes eligible for adoption. Child welfare agencies may also intervene in positive ways to provide services to strengthen families.

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