A Broken System: Examining the Clark County Department of Family Services - Misty Reigenborn

A Broken System: Examining the Clark County Department of Family Services

By Misty Reigenborn

  • Release Date: 2011-10-27
  • Genre: Parenting
Score: 4
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A termination of parental rights has been termed to be akin to the death penalty. In society, parents that lose their children to the child protective services system are often viewed as child abusers and neglectful parents.

But what if a parent lost their parental rights permanently because they were poor? That is what happened in 2008, when my husband and I lost our parental rights due to a "lack of resources."

In this system, poverty is all too often confused with neglect. And in Clark county where children are removed from their homes at a much higher rate than normal, children are being doubly failed. Children that could remain with their parents are being torn from loving arms forever, and the children that do need help all too often aren't receiving it.

A Broken System is not only the true story of what my family went through when dealing with DFS in Clark County, it is also a look into why Clark County DFS has been called a broken system that creates desperate parents and where children have no rights.


  • An amazing story

    By MeganHinds
    I never knew cps systems operated that way. Your story is sad and I truly feel for you and your husband. I am so sorry for the way Clark county treated you. I was born in Clark county Nevada, but my family relocated to Texas. I think the system did you huge injustice and I wish more people knew your story! Hope one day they will realize how wrong they were in there choices.