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Kids faring well in 2012 state budget adjustments…so far

  Every two years, Nebraska’s Legislature sets a budget for the next two years deciding which programs to fund and at what levels. We spend a lot of time looking at a variety of crucial bills, but when push comes to shove Nebraska’s budget is the single most important one…...

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Debate Continues on Tax Cuts vs. Kids

The last few years have not been a great time to be a kid in Nebraska.  Our child poverty rates are higher than they’ve been in a decade and we’ve continued to make cuts to programs serving our state’s vulnerable children: In 2009, the state moved to privatize the child welfare…...

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One giant leap for child welfare reform?

For over two years Nebraska’s vulnerable children and families, social workers, service providers, and court stakeholders have been stuck. They’ve been stuck in a constantly changing system, enduring sudden transition after sudden transition, newspaper story after newspaper story, contract amendment after contract amendment. Nebraska’s child welfare system was struggling long…...

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Child welfare bills advance

For years, Nebraska’s child welfare system has been broken and underfunded. Children and families have been repeatedly let down, and over the past few years of privatization have faced increased instability and turmoil in their already uncertain lives. Yesterday, Nebraska’s Legislature took leadership and advanced a number of bills aimed at…...

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New report focuses on kids in high-poverty communities

Something has happened to Nebraska kids in the past decade, and it isn’t good. Poverty just keeps growing. Those who check in with our work know we talk about poverty a lot. We cite statistics like, “18.2 percent of Nebraska kids lived in poverty in 2010.” We say, that’s almost…...

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An ideal behavioral health system

  Here at Voices for Children, we’ve been talking a lot about what an ideal behavioral health system would look like. And in a way, it’s pretty simple: get kids the right services they need when they need them. But even simple solutions often have complex issues. We believe that…...

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Facts about mandatory school attendance through age 18

All students should have the opportunity to access a quality education and earn a high school diploma. Many states have raised the minimum age at which students may drop out of high school. While a well-meaning policy, the research is inconclusive whether mandatory attendance actually increases the graduation rate. Attendance does…...

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Reaction to announcement of KVC out as case management lead

KVC and DHHS announced today that they have reached an agreement that KVC will no longer provide case management and related services:  http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/newsroom_newsreleases.aspx Here is our reaction: It is our hope that there is a clear plan in place between DHHS and KVC to transfer case management.  With the transition…...

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Support for LB 842 – Extending opportunities for ADC participants

February 15, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 842 to extend vocational training opportunities in the ADC program...

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Press Conference Brings Together Coalition Opposing Tax Proposal

[View the story “Opposing Governor Heineman’s tax cuts” on Storify]...

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