Race & Ethnicity in Nebraska’s Child Welfare System
A child’s race or ethnicity should never define how well or poorly our state systems offer that opportunity. However, when it comes to our child protective response, numerous studies have shown that racial disparities in how children and families are served occur throughout this system.
Join Us at the 2019 Spotlight Gala
Elevate your voice and the voices of others on behalf of our next generation by joining us on Friday, October 4, 2019. Additional details to follow.
NEW: Family Bottom Line Calculator
What does it really take for Nebraska families to meet their children’s basic needs? The Family Bottom Line Calculator is a tool that measures how much a family needs to earn in order to pay all of their bills without assistance.
The Cost of Juvenile Justice: A Case Scenario Study
How the current juvenile justice system operates costs a lot of money and time. The Cost of Juvenile Justice Interactive PDF contains hypothetical pathway scenarios of how three youth with the same offense may move through the juvenile justice system.
New Federal Rule Would Increase Child Hunger in Nebraska
The proposed rule would make an estimated 3 million Americans ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The 2018 Kids Count in Nebraska Report is Here!
How does the county or counties you live, work, and play in rank when it comes to child well-being? Find out by reading the 2018 Kids Count in Nebraska Report!
For thirty years and counting, Voices for Children has used data and research to help policy makers and communities make informed decisions on issues impacting our next generation in the areas of health, child welfare, economic stability, and juvenile justice.
Voices for Children in Nebraska is the independent voice building pathways to opportunity for all children and families through research, policy and community engagement.
We will engage the public and state leaders to build systems removing obstacles and promoting opportunities for ALL Children to lead healthy, secure and fulfilling lives.
Informed research drives our direction. When a policy is good, we support it; when it is harmful, we fight it; when it is missing, we can create it. Community engagement is how we promote systems change.
Data and Research
The 2016 Kids Count in Nebraska Report provides pertinent information on the well-being of all children in areas of health, education, safety, and economic stability and features a special commentary on the period of life known as emerging adulthood.
Visit NEteractive, our online data center containing all the trusted data found in the book.
Children are our state’s greatest resource, and the decisions our leaders make about them impact our collective future. Our policy priorities are guided by research, data, and proven best practices that improve child well-being. We pay close attention to the impact of race, socioeconomic status, and geography, and seek to remove barriers to opportunity within these areas: