13th National Roundtable on CPS Risk Assessment: Using Actuarial Risk Assessment to Target Service Interventions in Pilot California Counties

In 1998, the state of California contracted with the Children’s Research Center (CRC) to conduct a risk assessment study which observed 2,511 sample families substantiated for abuse or neglect during 1995. Risk assessment study findings derived from observation of these cases were employed to construct an actuarial instrument for identifying high risk families for service intervention and to assist agency administrators in planning future service delivery efforts.