Reporting Child Abuse:
To report suspected child abuse or neglect in Nevada, you can call the Child Abuse Hotline at these numbers:
Clark County: (702) 399-0081
Washoe County: (775) 785-8600
All other Nevada counties: (800) 992-5757
CPS In General
Child Protective Services (“CPS”) is the part of Department of Child and Family Services (“DCFS”) that investigates reports of child abuse and child neglect. Anyone can contact CPS with concerns about a child’s welfare. If a report shows that a child might be in danger, CPS must investigate the child’s safety. After investigating, CPS can do one of three things:
- Close a report as unsubstantiated if no abuse or neglect is found.
- Leave the child in the home but offer supportive services to the family as needed.
- Remove the child from the home if the child is in danger.
Parents and relatives who have been contacted by CPS understandably have many questions, such as:
- Does the parent need an attorney?
- When do the parents have to go to court?
- Can the children live with relatives if they can't live with the parents?
- What can the relatives do to have the children placed with them?
- How do the parents get the children back?
- Where can we go for help?
Resolving Disputes with CPS
In Clark County, the Ombudsman for Clark County Family Services and Social Services reviews and resolves complaints related to the department of family services. The Ombudsman can also explain department policies, procedures, and regulations.
In any other Nevada county, citizens can file a complaint against DCFS with the "Systems Advocate Unit." This unit responds to requests for information, provider concerns, and resolves complaints involving anything that affects the safety of a child receiving services from DCFS. The complaint form and instructions can be found on their website.