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Protective Services for Children and Adults

  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Adult Protective Services (APS)
  • Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman
  • Guardianships/Conservatorships

Child Protective Services (CPS)

FACTS:

How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect – Child Welfare Information Gateway

FIND HELP:

State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities – Adult Protective Services (APS)

Per the National Adult Protective Services Association, “Adult Protective Services (APS) is a social services program provided by state and/or local governments nationwide serving older adults and adults with disabilities who are in need of assistance. APS workers investigate cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation, working closely with a wide variety of allied professionals such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers.”

FACTS:

Fact Sheet: APS wouldn’t take my report. Why? (acl.gov)

Elder Abuse: Prevention, Intervention, and Remediation (NCLER Webinar)

FIND HELP:

Help In Your Area | National Adult Protective Services Association (napsa-now.org)

Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman

“Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system.”

FACTS:

LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM What You Must Know

FIND HELP:

About the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Elder Abuse Resources: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

How to Find a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Guardianships and Conservatorships

Per JUSTICIA, “Guardianship is a legal process used to protect individuals who are unable to care for their own well-being due to infancy, incapacity, or disability. A court will appoint a legal guardian to care for an individual, known as a ward, who is in need of special protection. Legal guardians have the legal authority to make decisions for their ward and represent their ward’s personal and financial interests.”

FACTS:

JUSTICIA: GUARDIANSHIPS/CONSERVATORSHIPS

FIND HELP:

JUSTICIA: Guardianship Forms: 50-State Resources

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