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Puerto Rico-A Cautionary Tale for Medicaid Block Grants

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, suffers a traumatic brain injury, or is struggling with anxiety and depression as a result of trauma and abuse, health insurance ensures that these kids have access to the care they need to recover and heal. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides health care for…...

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Geneva and Kearney: Nebraska’s YRTCs

An effective juvenile justice system holds young people accountable for their actions in age-appropriate ways that best promote community safety. Our children and citizens are entitled to a system that will offer the best return on investment, by providing the right package of accountability and supports to change anti-social behaviors.…...

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What Senator Sasse’s New Book Gets Wrong About Our Kids

I have to start by admitting that I haven’t read Senator Sasse’s new book, “The Vanishing American Adult”.  I’ve only read excerpts and reviews.  But from what I understand, his book suggests that what our young people need is better parenting.  While I don’t disagree that parents and families have…...

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We Need to Talk About Medicaid

Adequate access to health care ensures children are able to get the help they need when they get sick or injured, allowing them to learn and grow into healthy and productive adults. In Nebraska, Medicaid provides access to health care for nearly one in three children. The American Health Care…...

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Nebraska Legislature faces key pro-kid decisions during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, Voices for Children in Nebraska joins advocates and community members from across the country in promoting child and family well-being through National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all have a role in ensuring that Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. This year’s theme, “Building Community,…...

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Emerging Adults: Transition to Adulthood, Conclusions, and Recommendations

The 2016 Kids Count in Nebraska Report includes an in-depth look at the first steps young people take along their transition away from childhood – emerging adulthood. This is a time of profound growth and development coupled with frequent life changes. The decisions made during these years impacts the next…...

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New report: Nebraska’s children can’t afford proposed cuts

Last month, the Nebraska Children’s Commission announced the release of the Nebraska Child Welfare Blueprint Report. The report, authored by ChildFocus, outlines a pathway to continue progress in our state’s child welfare system based on interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders, including Voices for Children. The Blueprint reflects on…...

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Emerging Adults: Justice and Public Safety

The 2016 Kids Count in Nebraska Report includes an in-depth look at the first steps young people take along their transition away from childhood – emerging adulthood. This is a time of profound growth and development coupled with frequent life changes. The decisions made during these years impacts the next…...

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New report: Nebraska ranks second-to-last in keeping schools hunger-free

Last week, the Food Research and Action Center released a status update on the adoption of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) across the country. Last year was the third school year that CEP was available to schools and districts with high concentrations of students from low-income families, and the report…...

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On The Backs Of Children: Skinny Budget

Voices for Children believes that successful stewardship of our state is not just about looking at where we are today, but thinking about where we want to be tomorrow. Cutting funding to programs that have been extremely beneficial to children is concerning to us. In the first of a series…...

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