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With Health Coverage for Children at All-time High, Future Uncertain for CHIP and other Programs

Last month, Congress failed to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance to 9 million children in the United States. States across the country, uncertain of federal funding, began to prepare for the worst as program funds dried up. We are pleased to report that…...

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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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30th Birthday Gala: Honorary Family Sandy and Kate Dodge

On September 22, Voices for Children in Nebraska will celebrate 30 years of victories for kids at our 30th Birthday Gala. Today, we proudly announce Sandy and Kate Dodge will serve as our 30th Birthday Gala Honorary Family. N.P. “Sandy” Dodge, Chairman of the NP Dodge Company is the fourth generation of…...

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Kids Count National Data Book: Health

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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Equality Before the Law: Race and Ethnicity in Nebraska’s Juvenile Justice System

All youth involved in the juvenile justice system deserve equal access to appropriate treatment in order to become healthy, law-abiding adults. Responding to problematic behaviors in an age-appropriate way is important to ensure all youth have the best opportunities to succeed. However, both in Nebraska and nationally, the data show…...

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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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Kids Count National Data Book: Economic Well-Being

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, and over the…...

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