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LB 844 – Changing the Nebraska Parenting Act

LB 844 makes a number of harmful changes to the Nebraska Parenting Act. Never heard of the Parenting Act? Every year almost 7,000 children in Nebraska experience divorce in their families. While divorce deals with a number of issues (cars, property, etc.) it has a tremendous impact on children, especially…...

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Prenatal Care Matters for a Lifetime

In this year’s Kids Count in Nebraska report, I wrote about the importance of investing in early childhood, because those first few years in a child’s life can have an enormous impact in the long-run. Kids who struggle – in one way or another – before the age of 8 are likely…...

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Support for LB 1062 – Improving Adoption Subsidies and Assistance

February 2, 2012 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Support for LB 1062 – Improving Adoption Subsidies and Assistance...

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Support for LB 1150 – Extending Foster Care Services to age 21

February 2, 2012 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Support for LB 1150 – Extending Foster Care Services to 21...

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Support for LB 1149 – Caseload Standards for Child Welfare Services

February 2, 2012 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Support for LB 1149 – Clear Caseload Standards for Child Welfare Services...

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Support for LB926 – Fair Payments for Foster Parents, Incentives to Licensure for Kinship Placements

February 2, 2012 To: Members of the Health and Human Services From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Support for LB 926 – Fair Payment for Foster Parents, Incentives to Licensure for Kin Placements...

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Support LB 1041 – DHHS Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act

  Today, we testified in support of LB 1041, a bill designed to address challenges of the ACCESS Nebraska system. February 1, 2012 To: Health and Human Services Committee From: Aubrey Mancuso, Policy Coordinator RE:  Support for LB 1041, the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency…...

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Support LB 821 – Collaborate and Coordinate Services for Children

  Voices for Children testified in support of LB 821, a bill which creates a Children’s Commission and a Department of Children’s Services.  Here is our written testimony for the Health and Human Services Committee: February 1, 2012 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Carolyn D.…...

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Help make healthy babies a priority this session

In 2010, 1,600 low-income women lost access to prenatal care through Medicaid, leaving them without the critical care that would help their baby be born as healthy as possible. With your help, we can restore this coverage through LB 599. Help make healthy babies a priority this session There are…...

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