Children's Services Act (CSA)
Virginia law is designed to help at-risk youth and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private service providers work together under the Children's Services Act (CSA) to plan and provide services and supports. Each local community in the Commonwealth, including Hanover County, has two teams that assist children and their families in receiving these services and supports.
Community Policy & Management TeamThe Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) is the supervising team that oversees the administration of Hanover's local CSA program by coordinating agency efforts and managing the available funds for services.
Family Assessment & Planning TeamThe Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) is the interagency group that looks at the strengths and needs of each individual youth and family to develop a service plan and determine the services required to meet these unique needs. When FAPT meets, the parents/custodians and professionals share their opinions, knowledge, experience and expertise to assess the needs and strengths of the child and family. These discussions foster collaboration in developing the best possible plan to address the needs which brought the child and family to the CSA process. Follow-up meetings provide a time when progress towards goals is noted and the plan is adjusted, as needed.
Team OrganizationEach team includes a representative from the Community Services Board (CSB), Court Service (CSU), Social Services (DSS), Hanover Schools (HCPS), a private provider and a parent representative. The CPMT also includes a member from the local health department.
How is Information Shared?Team members keep all information obtained about a child and family during the process and while carrying out their responsibilities confidential. This information may not be shared except as permitted by law; a consent to release information is required prior to FAPT
Who is Eligible for Services?Children who have been identified as needing one of the following are eligible for CSA services:
- Private Day placement for special education services
- Foster care placement or foster care prevention services
- Services for children determined to be a Child in Need of Services or a Child in Need of Supervision