Carteret County Child Protective Services (CPS) are provided to children and their parents / caretakers in response to reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or dependency. CPS social workers assess the degree of risk to the child, work with law enforcement agencies and initiate court action when necessary.
CPS also assists the family in planning and accessing services to eliminate and / or prevent problems causing neglect, abuse, or dependency. CPS assists families in arranging parenting classes, day care, health, and mental health services, substance abuse services, etc. Community Based Programs are available in some cases, CPS arranges for the provisions of services such as foster care.