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Ferguson on our Minds

The decision of the grand jury in Ferguson and the resulting state of unrest throughout surrounding communities are much on our minds today at Voices for Children.  As concerned citizens, we hope and strive toward a society in which the rule of law protects the innocent, holds the guilty accountable,…...

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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, …...

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New Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

  As Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska, I would like to extend my formal welcome to Juliet Summers, our new Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. Juliet will be responsible for overseeing our policy research, analysis, and advocacy efforts on behalf of children involved in…...

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Announcing Keynote Speakers for Race Matters Conference

Registrations for the Race Matters conference are filling up fast, and we are proud to announce that Dr. Robert Simmons, Dr. Paul Gorski and Dr. Camika Royal will be keynote speakers for this event. Click here to read about the objectives of the event. The Race Matters conference takes place…...

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Approval of Minimum Wage Increase a Victory for All Nebraskans

  It is clear that Nebraskans truly value both hard work and family. In yesterday’s election, Nebraskans voted to approve Initiative 425, which will increase the state minimum wage to $8/hr in 2015 and to $9/hr in 2016. The initiative received overwhelming bipartisan support, showing that Nebraskans believe that working…...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Would Make a Huge Difference for Nebraskans

As far as paid leave policy goes, the United States is ranked essentially dead last, a fact that both astounds and outrages citizens across the nation. U.S. workers must choose between family and work when faced with circumstances such as an illness in the family, aging parents, or a newborn…...

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Saying Goodbye to an Advocate

This week, Voices for Children in Nebraska is saying goodbye to one of its long-time advocates for children and families – Sarah Forrest. During Sarah’s time as Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice at Voices for Children, we have achieved significant victories for kids. These victories were due…...

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Vote for Spotlight Gala in Metro Magazine Competition!

Voices for Children in Nebraska is a finalist in the “Big Event” from Metro Magazine. We need your vote to help Voices for Children in Nebraska be the top winner and receive a $10,000 prize! All you have to do is visit this website and vote for Voices for Children Spotlight Gala in…...

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The search is on for the next Kids Count cover kids!

Think the kids in your life have what it takes to be a Kids Count cover kid?  Submit your photos today! We want kids of all ages – from infants to teens and everything in between. We want photos of kids being kids – running, playing, laughing, or just hanging out –…...

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Purchase Student Centerpiece Art

We have great news! Surplus table centerpiece items from the Spotlight Gala are now on sale! Every year, we shine a spotlight on Nebraska’s children through a student art project funded by a generous grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation. As table centerpiece items for the annual Spotlight Gala, the…...

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