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Child Welfare

SNAP Feeds Nebraska

As we gather to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and the food on our tables, let us all take the time to appreciate the programs that help feed and strengthen our communities for struggling families. Here in our nation’s breadbasket, 1 in 7 Nebraska families struggles to…...

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Race for Results: Spotlight on American Indian Children

The Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children is the Annie E. Casey foundation’s 2017 report on the well-being of children of color and children from immigrant families. The data measures 12 indicators and produces an index score to explain racial and ethnic disparities among children.…...

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Race for Results: Spotlight on African American Children

The 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children has released data revealing that racial and ethnic disparities prevent children of color and children from immigrant families from achieving success on key milestones. In Nebraska, African American children scored the lowest overall with an index score…...

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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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