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Child Welfare

New Report: American Indian, Black Children Face Far More Barriers in Nebraska’s Child Welfare System

The Nebraska state motto, “Equality Before the Law,” was chosen as a founding principle for our state, rooted in the belief that the laws that govern us should treat all people equally, regardless of the color of their skin. At Voices for Children in Nebraska, the state motto also guides…...

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Nebraska sees lowest child poverty rate since Great Recession

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2016 American Community Survey. We at Voices rely heavily on this annual data to help us track the current state of Nebraska children, and sprinkle its data throughout our annual Kids Count in Nebraska Report. One of the key data…...

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House Budget Committee breaks promise to our children

While the nation is watching the Senate take up proposals designed to dismantle health care for children, the elderly and disabled, and low-income families, the House Budget Committee finalized its vision for the country last week. Though details have yet to be released, the plan paints a gloomy future for…...

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Kids Count National Data Book – Family and Community

Last month the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, providing an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. In it, Nebraska received an 11th place ranking in overall child well-being. Over the past few weeks we have been…...

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Kids Count National Data Book: Education

Two weeks ago the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, providing an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. In it, Nebraska received an 11th place ranking in overall child well-being. Today marks the second post further investigating…...

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On the backs of children: AHCA and Nebraska’s children in foster care

In the last few weeks, Voices for Children has delved extensively into the future of Medicaid under the AHCA, including a case study of the cap enacted in Puerto Rico, the financial strain that schools will face, and the impact on small towns and rural communities. This blog post will…...

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Nebraska 11th Best State in the Country to be a Kid

Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual snapshot of how America’s children and families are faring in every state and across the nation. The indicators tracked by KIDS COUNT reflect a range of milestone and supportive conditions that young people need to succeed…...

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Pro-Kid Progress in the 105th Nebraska Legislature

Last week, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die, four days ahead of schedule. In total, 667 bills were introduced and considered by legislators over the course of the session. Each year, Voices for Children sets legislative priorities that are driven by data and research to move the needle for all…...

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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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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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