Safety & Well-Being of Children Is Our Number-One Concern
At Clark County Family and Children Services (CCFCS), the safety and well-being of children is our number-1 concern. While focusing on that priority, we strive to keep families together whenever possible. For those referrals that meet the guidelines to be investigated, we promptly initiate investigation of suspected cases of child abuse, neglect and dependency and conduct an assessment with the child’s parents or guardians to determine if the child is safe. We also evaluate the risk of future abuse, neglect or dependency.
If we find no cause for concern, the matter may be closed. However, if the investigation shows that children have been or are at risk of abuse, neglect or dependency, our CCFCS caseworkers work with the family and other local agencies to obtain needed services to remedy the situation.
Removal & Alternative Arrangements
In cases where the situation cannot be corrected, a child may need to be removed from the home and alternative arrangements made. This can take the form of care provided by other family members, friends to the family or child, or foster care.
Calls & Reports
Last year CCFCS received 3,924 calls and a total of 1,146 reports were screened in. The Clark County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides multi-disciplinary services to CCFCS’s sexual and severe physical abuse cases. The CAC serves on average 300 children annually.
These statistics provide a look at these cases:
- 97% of the offenders were known to the child: a parent, stepparent, other relative, parent’s boyfriend/girlfriend, other known person
- 82% of the offenders were age 18 or older and 18% were under age 18
- 519 children received services in their own home - 109 were either in a foster or adoptive placement.