Division of Children & Family Services

Adult & Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
1-800-652-1999

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Child Welfare, Juvenile & Adult Protective Services

Purpose
The Division of Children and Family Services works in partnership with other groups to make sure that the abused, neglected, dependent, or delinquent populations it serves are:

  • safe from harm or maltreatment;
  • in a permanent, healthy, nurturing, and caring environment;
  • with a stable family;
  • helped to heal from harmful effects on their lives; and
  • no longer threats to their community.

Populations Served
The Division serves abused and neglected children, juvenile offenders, and vulnerable adults.   Abused and neglected children are:

  • Children who lack proper parental care, either due to the actions of parents or through no fault of parents;
  • Children whose parents give up their rights to the child to the State; and
  • Children who are wards of another state agency, and for which placement is requested.

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Juvenile offenders are:

  • Youth who break laws such as truancy or being a runaway; and
  • Youth who break criminal laws.

     Vulnerable adults are persons 18 years of age or older who:

  • Have a substantial functional or mental impairment that impairs their ability to live independently;
  • Have an appointed guardian under the Nebraska Probate Code; and
  • Have experienced abuse, neglect or self neglect, or exploitation.

Partnership Approach
The Division works with many groups to improve the lives of Nebraska's youth and vulnerable adults.  These groups include:

  • field staff and central office employees;
  • law enforcement;
  • county attorneys and judges;
  • guardians ad litem and court appointed special advocates;
  • medical personnel and home health care;
  • therapists and other mental health professionals;
  • domestic violence organizations;
  • housing and utility companies;  
  • group homes and institutional care providers;
  • schools and child care providers;
  • foster and adoptive parents; and
  • children, youth, and families.

Division of Children & Family Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044

Adult & Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
1-800-652-1999

ACCESSNebraska: 1-800-383-4278
Child Support: 1-877-631-9973
Child Care Licensing: 1-800-600-1289
Child and Adult Abuse/Neglect: 402-471-9272
Foster Care & Adoption Policy: 402-471-9272
Foster Care Licensing: 1-800-257-0176

 

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