Reportable to Child Protective Services (CPS) refers to situations or concerns that must be reported to the appropriate authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of children. CPS is responsible for protecting children from abuse, neglect, and other forms of harm.
If someone believes a child is being abused, neglected, or is at risk of harm, they have a legal obligation to report it to CPS. Reportable situations may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect (such as lack of food, shelter, or medical care), exposure to domestic violence or substance abuse, or any other circumstances that may put a child's safety or well-being in danger.
When in doubt about whether a situation should be reported, it is generally better to err on the side of caution and report it to CPS. They have trained professionals who can assess the situation and take appropriate action to protect the child if necessary.