Nebraskans who believe a child is being abused or neglected are required by law to report it, said Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services.
LR 525 examines how Nebraska’s screening, assessing and investigating reports of child abuse and neglect contributes to the state’s rate of out-of-home care. LR 529 makes recommendations about the entry of children into the child welfare system.
Pristow provided the Health and Human Services and Judiciary committees an overview of child welfare screening and entry information.
“The Adult and Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is the front door to the system and is vital in ensuring the Department works with families needing support to provide a safe environment for their children,” he said.
“Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused or neglected has a responsibility to call the Hotline at 1-800-652-1999, or law enforcement.”
Hotline staff is available every day of the year, 24 hours a day, he said.