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2017 in Review: A Look Back on Steps Forward for Nebraska Kids

As the days wind down in 2017, we wanted to take the time to review our greatest victories for kids and some of the biggest challenges, and to consider what 2018 will hold for kids. In Lincoln, lawmakers moved the needle for child well-being in the state with a number…...

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On the Backs of Children: The House Tax Bill

Cutting taxes for the rich will wound working families and programs that exist to support children’s futures. While the tax plan has been billed as a middle-class boost, in reality, the plan takes away key investments in children and hardworking families. For one, the plan complicates the lives of families…...

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Testimony on LB 211

Today, Voices for Children submitted a letter of support for LB 211, a bill that would change the minimum wage for persons compensated by way of gratuities. Read her full testimony below or go here for a printable version of Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 211. February 27, 2017 Senator Joni…...

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Thanks for helping kids in 2016

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year to be a kid in Nebraska. The numbers don’t lie. This year, Nebraska received a 9th place ranking of best state to be a kid. We’re proud of the ranking, but we’re aiming to be the best. Thanks to your ongoing support, here’s how we…...

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Voices for Children Testimony on LR 514

This week, Voices for Children Policy Coordinator Juliet Summers testified on LR 514, an interim study to examine the availability of transition services for youth who will leave or have left the juvenile justice system while in an out-of-home placement.  Voices for Children testified on the need to ensure Nebraska…...

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Throwback Thursday: Spotlight Awards Edition

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today, we’re delving into the not-so-distant past to feature our 2016 Spotlight Award winners. We were pleased to honor them at the Spotlight Gala on September 24, and now we are excited to share the videos highlighting their individual accomplishments. The videos are always available on our YouTube channel. Youth Award:…...

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Voices for Children Testimony on LR 513

Yesterday, Voices for Children Policy Coordinator Juliet Summers testified on LR 513, which examines workforce issues within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Voices for Children testified on the need to ensure that case managers and probation officers have an appropriate number of cases, provide more support for the child…...

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Spotlight Series: The Young Nebraskans in Action Program

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices has highlighted the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We conclude our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Nonprofit…...

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Spotlight Series: Gil Green III

On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices will highlight the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Youth Award…...

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Nebraska’s Summer Lunch Program Troubles

According to a report released earlier this summer by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Nebraska has fallen to 46th nationally in its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In 2014, nearly 125,000 children in Nebraska under the age of 18 qualify for free and reduced lunch, but only around 8.5% (11,000)…...

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