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Why is Paid Sick Leave Necessary for Working Families?

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone can afford to take unpaid time off from work in order to care for themselves or a family member. For some families, missing even a few days of work without compensation could cost them their health care coverage or force them below the federal…...

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Voices for Children Supports LB 648

  This afternoon, Voices for Children Child Welfare Policy Associate Julia Tse submitted written testimony in support of LB 648, which would provide for adoption by two adult persons. To read Voices for Children’s entire testimony, click here...

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Voices for Children Letter of Support for LB 494

  On Monday, Voices for Children Economic Stability & Health Policy Coordinator, Aubrey Mancuso, submitted a letter of support for LB 494, which would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. To read the entire letter, click here. ...

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Voices for Children Testimony on LB 148

  To read Voices for Children’s testimony on LB 148, click here.  Earlier today,  Julia Tse, Child Welfare Policy Associate at Voices for Children, testified in favor of LB 148, which would allow former foster youth who were in foster care in another state to stay on Medicaid until age…...

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A New Legislative Session

At the start of Nebraska’s 104th Legislature, new senators will be sworn in, committee chairs will be elected, and the legislative process will begin.  We will be tracking introduced bills containing issues important to children and families. To find out who your Senator is or track the progress of particular…...

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Voices for Children Prepares for Kids Count Release

The new year is getting off to a fast start here at Voices for Children, as we prepare for the release of the 2014 Kids Count in Nebraska Report. This report will provide all the things you have come to expect – and more! We will once again provide a…...

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Race Matters in Educational Opportunity

The “Opportunity Gap” in education continues to be pervasive and difficult to address in Nebraska. As shown in our 2013 Kids Count, Black and Hispanic children have lower levels of proficiency in both Math and Reading compared to their White counterparts.  Although most of us are aware of these discrepancies,…...

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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…...

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Race Matters Conference: A Starting Point for Action on Racial Equity

Last week, Voices for Children in Nebraska convened more than 275 people to tackle race equity issues in our state.  The Race Matters conference was a tremendous success, with amazing keynote speakers and a strong array of breakout sessions designed to inform, educate and motivate participants to action. We decided…...

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Impact of State Tax Changes on Children and Families

Collective investments in things like roads, schools, and parks are critical components of a thriving community.   These things wouldn’t be possible without revenue to make these investments and that revenue comes from taxes.  Many have seen or heard about the recent income tax cuts that Kansas has made, resulting…...

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