Daniel PollackDaniel Pollack, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, provides an answer to the following question in “Addressing a Perceived Conflict of Interest in Out-of-Home Care Licensing,” published in the October 2019 issue of Policy & Practice: “What if the investigation [by child protective services, or CPS] concerns a child in an out-of-home setting (foster home, group home, residential treatment center, day care center) licensed by the same department that houses CPS?”

After explaining the concepts of “conflict of interest” and “an arm’s length transaction,” Pollack concludes that “putting in place measures to ensure there is no appearance of a conflict of interest would be a positive step in further enhancing the reputation of child protective services.”

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