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A big step toward making it easier to educate and motivate everyday Nebraskans to improve the lives of children is providing current, timely information about the policies and programs that serve kids.  We’re launching a new website to bring you the very best research, news and policy information each and…...

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Fiscal Audit Highlights Lack of Leadership, Transparency in Child Welfare Reform

The state auditor released a fiscal audit today, as part of a legislative interim study assessing Nebraska’s recent child welfare reform initiative, LR 37. The fiscal audit obtained financial records from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the current lead contractors, KVC and the Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC),…...

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STOP Child Poverty

    Child poverty is at its highest point in a decade – and still likely rising due to the recession. Growing up in poverty effects kids for life.  Kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to go hungry, less likely to have health insurance, and are less…...

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2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Voices for Children in Nebraska  is pleased to join the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book outreach partner. The annual Data Book is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. Please visit the Data Book home page…...

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The Cliff Effect

  In order to pay for their basic needs without any help, a Nebraska family of 3 working full-time year-round needs to make $20.62 an hour. Along the way, there are sudden losses of work supports, like food stamps or child care subsidies, before a family actually makes enough to…...

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Principles for Health Care Exchanges

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) encourages states to establish new marketplaces, called “Exchanges,” that are meant to serve as a place where individuals and businesses can shop for coverage with the help of easy-to-understand information on all their options.  The Exchange will facilitate access to tax credits or Medicaid coverage that will…...

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Legislature Leaves Child Welfare Policy Changes for Another Day

Following the release of a letter from Governor Heineman, promising to put off further childwelfare privatization until June 2012, legislators voted today to delay consideration of LB 95 until January2012. LB 95 would have put the same moratorium the Governor promised into statute, in addition to requiringlead child welfare contractors…...

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Spotlight Gala

Voices for Children in Nebraska hosted its seventh annual fund‐raising event on Saturday, March 19,2011.  Over $125,000 was raised for the advocacy organization. Hosting a record 510 attendees, the event was held atthe DC Centre with cocktails and silent auction followed by awards and live auction. Voices for Children in…...

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Child’s View

This issue of Child’s View features articles on: Kids Count in Nebraska2010 Report Release Voices Welcomes Carolyn D. Rooker Letters From the Executive Directors Legislative Update Meet Mai Nguyen, Doug Peters and Deborah Buike Priority Bills 2010 Annual Repor Child’s View Newsletter and our 2010 Annual Report now online.  ...

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An advocate’s work is never done

An advocate’s work is never done. Kathy’s greatest wish for the celebration of her career is to leave the organization she founded on sound financial groud and surrounded with a community of leaders and friends to carry the torch of child advocacy through the next 23 years. Timeline of Kathy’s…...

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