CPS/Impact & Reunification

High Risk Factors In Abduction of CPS Children

1. The act of removing a child from parental custody automatically sets up a
situation for a child to be abducted:
- It threatens the Family Unit
- It takes the power, authority and control away from the Parent
- It may terminate AFDC payments that sustain the parents, as well as the child(ren)
- It may terminate Section 8 Housing or housing in Housing Project.
2. Placement with relatives, as they are required to monitor the perpetrating relatives,
(such as sons or daughters contact with their children). Loyalty ties: Conflict of emotions.
3. Parents with ties to other countries.
4. Other siblings in the CPS/Dependency Court System: Now the only remaining
child(ren) has/have been removed.
5. Substance abuse by the parent/s.
6. Previous attempts of abduction.
7. Parents belief that foster/relative caregiver are not properly caring for child.
8. Paranoid parent.
9. Multiple arrest/criminal activities by the parent.
Content written by Linda Quintana-Mansouri, CPS Consultant to Los Angeles County.

For Information and Resources:
Please contact Xiomara Flores-Holguin, Children Services Administrator, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, email: florex@dcfs.lacounty.gov or call (213) 700-9921.

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    Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act.

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