Division of Children & Family Services

Adult & Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline

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Child Welfare, Juvenile & Adult Protective Services

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.
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

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


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