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African American children make up 15% of the U.S. population, but represent 34% of the children in foster care.

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Nevada CPS News Archive

Nevada News Coverage

Just a few days shy of her 2nd birthday, Chrissa Matthews drowned in a back yard pool. The case has added fuel to a debate between the Clark County district attorney's office and the Family Services Department over the representation of children.

Prosecutors have argued against the department when they disagree with social workers' recommendations in child welfare cases. Lawmakers and the department want District Attorney David Roger to stop that practice and solely represent the department. They say it is a conflict and that disagreements can be resolved in other ways.

Las Vegas Sun

September 9, 2009

by I-Team

A California appeals court may help to decide the future of Nevada's child welfare system. At issue is whether a lawsuit against the state and Clark County should include all foster children.

The National Center for Youth Law, a California-based child advocacy firm, filed the case in 2006 on behalf of all foster children. It alleges kids in the custody of Clark County regularly suffer from physical abuse, a denial of medical and mental health care, and a lack of a permanent home due to the failures of the system that's supposed to protect them.

September 2, 2009

by Ed Vogel

CARSON CITY -- The termination of parental rights in the case of an American Indian child was argued before the state Supreme Court Monday.

A lawyer for the Division of Child and Family Services told the state Supreme Court that parental rights should not be restored to a drug-using White Pine county woman whose daughter, now 4 years old, was taken from her at birth.

Las Vegas Review Journal

September 2, 2009

by David McGrath Schwartz

The state Health and Human Services Department will continue to withhold some funding for Clark County's foster care system despite a legal opinion from the state attorney general saying all the money must be released.

The newly released opinion finds existing state law isn't trumped by a portion of the appropriation act making $87 million for Clark County's child welfare system contingent on the district attorney's office changing how it handles child welfare cases.

Las Vegas Sun

September 1, 2009

by Antonio Planas

Las Vegas police are seeking two "persons of interest" in connection with the dead toddler found Wednesday in a trash bin near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said police believe Darrean Williams, 20, is the mother of the girl dubbed "Baby Jane Vista Doe." Police also want to speak with Williams' boyfriend, William Marshall, 37.

Las Vegas Review Journal

June 17, 2009

by Patrick Boyle

Under a set of confidential agreements, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it committed fraud to get grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Justice Department charged that the council falsified employee time sheets, billed the federal government for work by "ghost" employees, failed to disclose that it hired the spouses of employees and fired a worker who questioned those practices, according to settlements filed this month in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nev.

Disgusted with the system

February 9, 2009

by Maggie Lillis

The father of the young girl killed in their home Wednesday night while playing with a handgun was arrested on felony firearm and child abuse charges, police said.

Bill Cassell, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said Thursday that 37-year-old Jevell Jackson was an ex-convict and owned the gun illegally. Cassell wouldn't reveal whether the girl's wound was self-inflicted...

Las Vegas Review-Journal

January 2, 2009

by Collette Wieland

A local couple faces child endangerment charges after police say they left their children in a parked car as they gambled at a Las Vegas casino.

Police found an 11-year-old and a one-year-old alone in the Tuscany Suites and Casino parking lot while their parents were inside the casino playing the slot macines.

News 3

November 10, 2008

A couple vacationing from Mexico spent time behind bars this weekend, accused of abandoning their baby boy on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to police, the 10-month-old little boy was left in a stroller in front of the Imperial Palace just before 7:30 pm Friday night. The baby was taken to Child Protective Services.

KVBC News Channel 3

October 27, 2008

by Brian Haynes

Jason Rimer was no stranger to Clark County's child welfare agency. Three times during the disabled boy's four years of life, investigators from the Department of Family Services visited his home to look into abuse or neglect allegations.

Sixteen months after the last visit, the boy who could barely walk or speak was dead, forgotten in his family's sport utility vehicle for 17 hours. For critics of the county agency, the Rimer case is a glaring example of how those responsible for protecting Southern Nevada's most vulnerable children are failing, despite a wave of reforms following a similar child death in 2005.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

June 30, 2008

by Ky Plaskon

The parents of a 4-year-old found dead in their SUV after being left there for 17 hours got a first look at the murder charges against them. Emotions have been strong concerning this story.

On June 9, Colleen Rimer called the non-emergency line of Metro. Her disabled child was dead after being left in their car for 17 hours. The Rimers' four other children are now in the custody of CPS. Both sides are expected to push for a grand jury in this case to protect the identity of some of the children who will be asked to testify.

Las Vegas Now (NV)

June 27, 2008

by Abigail Goldman

New information about the arrest of Clark County Senior Family Service Specialist Deborah Ann Edmonston has surfaced - though there are still several questions to be answered.

Edmonston, who was charged with two counts of battery with a deadly weapon related to domestic violence, child endangerment and malicious destruction of private property, was driving her 14-year-old daughter to her father's house and pulled the girl by her hair back into the car when she tried to get out.

Las Vegas Sun

June 27, 2008

Channel 8 News is reporting that a Clark County Senior Family Service Specialist has been arrested

Deborah Ann Edmonston has been charged with two counts of battery with a deadly weapon related to domestic violence, child endangerment and malicious destruction of private property.

Las Vegas Sun (NV)

June 26, 2008

The FBI announced a major child prostitution bust with links to Las Vegas. At least 65 people have been arrested.

Las Vegas was one of 16 cities across the country targeted in Operation Cross Country. Reno was also hit. 14 people were arrested there with one child being taken into protective custody.

Las Vegas Now (NV)

June 25, 2008

by Aaron Drawhorn

The Rimer family home is now up for sale, their children are in protective custody, mom and dad are behind bars and little Jason is forever gone, but not forgotten.

Colleen and Stanley Rimer have faced Child Protective Services case workers before. Most of the allegations were unsubstantiated, but on two occasions in 1988 and 1991, an investigation found physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, medical neglect, and lack of supervision occurring in the Rimer household.

Las Vegas Now (NV)

June 25, 2008

by Dave Frank

She thought about it when she got car insurance. She thought about it when she looked for an apartment. She thought about it when she went to college, and she thought about it over summer.

Rachelle Grey, 21, said she's thought many times how it would be easier if she'd had a parent to help her. "The kids (at school) are so impressive, and sometimes I don't feel that I'm nearly as good," said Grey, a junior at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "A lot these kids went to private schools or they're from the Northeast..."

Nevada Appeal

January 14, 2008

There is a major shakeup in Clark County Child Protective Services. This time a high-ranking assistant director has asked for a voluntary demotion after years of outcry.

Director Tom Morton said embattled assistant director Ann Rubin asked for the change. Next month, she's leaving her job as assistant director and dropping down to a licensing caseworker.

Las Vegas Now (NV)

November 21, 2007

by Amanda Fehd

The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday for a measure that allows a Nevada court to restore parental rights if a child is not likely to be adopted and if it's in the best interest of the child.

Clark County Family Court Judge Gerald Hardcastle argued for AB353, telling the committee he often sees children who want to return to their natural parents but the courts cannot now legally restore custody even if the parents are in a better situation.

Las Vegas Sun (NV)

April 4, 2007

by Amanda Fehd

Nevada lawmakers reviewed two bills on Wednesday aimed at boosting disclosure requirements of child welfare agencies when a child in state custody dies or nearly dies due to abuse or neglect.

Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, pushed for AB261, which would require child welfare agencies to release information to a legislative auditor on circumstances of a death or near-death.

Nevada Appeal

March 15, 2007

Washoe County commissioners have approved funding to hire 11 new social workers to meet recommendations by a national panel to reduce incidents of child deaths because of abuse or neglect.

A panel assembled in December by the National Center for Child Death Review looked at 34 of the worst child death cases in Washoe County from 2001 to 2004. Officials took exception to some of the findings on specific cases.

Las Vegas Sun (NV)

March 14, 2007

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November 11, 2006

by Nevada Division of Child & Family Services

Division of Child and Family Services - Public Notices and Agendas

Fatality Disclosures for Clark County, Rural Nevada and Washoe County.

September 21, 2006

by Colleen McCarty

Next week a legislative committee will begin to try to figure out why so many children in Clark County are dying despite intervention from Child Protective Services.

Clark County maintains state law prohibits them from releasing any child's death records. In short when a child dies we can't find out why or learn what, if anything, could have prevented the death. There's no public accountability.


December 27, 2005

by David Kihara

A California-based non-profit law firm is considering bringing legal action against the Clark County Department of Family Services for allegedly failing to provide children in foster care adequate services.

The law firm, the National Center for Youth Law, has been investigating the county's child protective services for about three months and says it has found a variety of problems in the county system.

Las Vegas Sun (NV)

April 8, 2005

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