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Children's Services Act (For Parents) (Office of Children's Services- Virginia)


The Children's Services Act was designed to ensure that youth and their families receive the services they need. Information is presented below to help families understand the process to access services.

What is the Community Policy and Management Team?
The "CPMT" coordinates agency efforts, manages the available funds, and sees that eligible youths and their families are referred for assessment as appropriate.

What is the Family Assessment and Planning Team?
The "FAPT" looks at the strengths and needs of the individual youth and families and, with families, decides what services to provide and prepares a service plan.

Both the FAPT and the CPMT include parents, staff from community services boards, court service units, the department of social services, the public schools, and private providers. The CPMT also has a member from the local health department. In some localities, these teams go by different names and may also include other members.

Who is eligible for services?
Services under the CSA may be available to a child who meets at least one of the following descriptions:

  • Youth who require private placement for special education.
  • Youth who are in foster care or eligible for foster care services.
  • Youth who are eligible for services through a Child in Need of Services Parental Agreement.
  • Youth who have significant emotional or behavioral problems and may require services not available from an agency, require services of multiple agencies, or may be at risk of residential placement.
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