Cayuga County offers a variety of services to assist families and children. We are required to have a Child Protective Services (CPS)unit, but we also have a Family Assistance & Response (FAR) unit to work with you in providing the best care for your child(ren) and family. In addition to CPS and FAR, we also have a referral process so that struggling families can receive assistance or services from agencies that work in conjunction with Cayuga County. Each is explained here.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS)
Our CPS unit is required, by law, to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect. To report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect, you must call the New York State Central Registry at
If you feel a child is in immediate danger, always call local law enforcement.
Once a call is made to the central registry, the report will filter back through Cayuga County where a CPS Investigator will receive the report and must act on the report.
FAR PROGRAM (Family Assessment & Response)
FAR is a newer program for certain families reported for suspected maltreatment of their children.
Rather than focusing on details of an incident, or investigating allegations of abuse or maltreatment, the focus will be on the safety of your children and providing services to meet the needs of your family. There will be NO determination of whether the report is true. The program: