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Family assessments top Washington County investigations in dealing with child maltreatment


It's a big misconception that county child protection services take young victims of neglect and abuse out of their homes.

"We cannot place children involuntarily, only police and a judge can do that," said Rick Backman, division manager of Washington County Children Services. "Picking up the kids and walking out, it doesn't happen that way."

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota. Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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