We provide affordable representation for individuals who need to appeal a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect to avoid being placed on Nevada’s Central registry.
What Is Nevada’s Central Registry?
The Central Registry for the Collection of Information Concerning the Abuse or Neglect of a Child (“Central Registry”) is a database that includes information about individuals who the State has found to have abused or neglected a child. To be placed in the Central Registry, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (“DCFS”) must have “substantiated” abuse or neglect by the person whose name is placed in the Central Registry.
How Does Having Your Name in the Central Registry Affect You?
Having your name in the Central Registry can impact your life in a very negative way. Prospective employers can access the Central Registry which could prevent you from getting certain jobs, and government agencies have access to the database. In general, it isn’t a good thing to have your name associated with child abuse or neglect on government records, especially if you didn’t actually abuse or neglect a child.
Can You Appeal a Decision of Substantiation?
The good news is that if a finding of substantiation is mistaken, you have an opportunity to appeal the decision. Note that you must appeal a finding of substantiation within 15 days after the date on which the written notification is sent.
With an appeal, the State will conduct a hearing and you’ll have the chance to explain why your name shouldn’t be included in the Central Registry. For example, you might be able to show that the investigation was incomplete; that no credible evidence of abuse or neglect exists; and/or that you weren’t given a fair chance to defend yourself.
How Can We Help You with Your Appeal?
If the accusations of abuse or neglect against you are wrong, then you should definitely avoid having your name placed in the Central Registry. To make the best case possible, it’s a good idea to have an attorney represent you at your appeal hearing, which can be stressful and involve rules and a process with which you aren’t familiar. We can guide you through the process and do whatever we can to help overturn a decision of substantiation.
We charge a reasonable flat fee for representations at these appeal hearings. Submit your information in the form below if you’d like us to contact you about the possibility of representation.
Please send a copy of your substantiation decision and any other pertinent documents via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.