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.
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:
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.
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.