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Voices Releases “Juvenile Injustice” Issue Brief






When children get in trouble with the law, our system should ensure they are held accountable for their actions in an age-appropriate, fair and just way. No one should face trial and punishment without understanding their rights, the possible consequences, and the reasons why; this is particularly true for young people, who are especially vulnerable […]

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A Shared Sentence: the devastating toll of parental incarceration






Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommended to state and local policymakers the adoption of policies that would help millions of children and families nationwide deal with the emotional and financial instability inflicted as a result of having an incarcerated parent, in the policy report A Shared Sentence: the devastating toll of parental incarceration […]

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Data Snapshot: Kindergarten Court Issue Brief






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Equality Before the Law: Commentary Series Part 7, Final Index Scores and Recommendations






This year’s Kids Count in Nebraska Report featured a commentary debuting our new Index of Race & Opportunity for Nebraska Children. After spending the last 6 weeks introducing the commentary and detailed our methodology, and diving into the 13 indicators by issue area: health, education, economic stability, child welfare and juvenile justice, we will wrap up the series […]

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2015 Kids Count in Nebraska Report






The 23rd edition of the Kids Count in Nebraska Report continues to offer a visually-oriented data in each of Voices for Children’s 5 issues areas: health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice and economic stability. Each year we build upon the report to hopefully improve the most comprehensive source of data on child well-being in Nebraska with each […]

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Barriers to Economic Opportunity for Low Income Women






Families should be able to achieve financial security through hard work and we should ensure that policies support working families. Financially secure parents can provide their children with adequate housing, child care, health care, food and transportation. As a state, one of the best ways that we can improve childhood outcomes is to create policies […]

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Supporting Informal Kinship Families in Nebraska






Children thrive in a stable and loving home with a family that offers support in a safe environment. Research tells us that the relationships that children have with the adults in their lives are an extremely important component of successful development. Without these relationships, children have an increased risk of lasting health, behavioral, and psychosocial issues. Every child needs […]

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Voices for Children Releases Pro-Kid Policy Plan for Nebraska






As the independent voice for kids, Voices for Children in Nebraska is committed to building pathways to opportunity for all children and families through research, policy and community engagement. As part of this commitment, we are releasing the first of its kind “Pro-Kid Policy Plan for Nebraska.” Guided by research,  data and proven best practices […]

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The Family Bottom Line

The Family Bottom Line






    Nebraska families are working—and working hard—but is hard work always enough to make ends meet? How much do Nebraska families need to earn to meet basic needs without assistance? The Family Bottom Line is a follow up to an original Family Bottom Line report published in 2009. The new report highlights changing demographics and […]

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Individual Development Accounts






All Nebraska families deserve the opportunity to live “the good life,” but for many years, policies that encourage families to build & sustain assets as a means of financial security have left lower income families out.  New ways to help families build assets have demonstrated success and are a potential tool in helping more families […]

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