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Nebraska’s Legislative Process

  With the Legislative session starting today, we think it’s important to refresh our memory on how the Legislature works.  Below you will find how and a bill becomes a law in Nebraska and some quick and quirky facts about the Unicameral. Research Research is an integral part of the legislative…...

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A Healthy New Year for Nebraska Kids

After a holiday break, Voices for Children is back at work and anticipating the start of the state legislative session tomorrow.  Today also marks the start of our quarter focused on the issue of health. In my experience, having good health is kind of like having a functional automobile — it’s…...

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A closer look at Nebraska’s YRTCs

    Every year, Nebraska’s courts send a number of serious and not-so-serious juvenile offenders to the Youth Residential Treatment Centers (YRTCs) in Kearney and Geneva. Like all placements and services ordered under Nebraska’s juvenile code, the goal in placing youth at these institutions should be their rehabilitation. Both YRTCs’…...

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A New Year’s Wish

At Voices for Children in Nebraska we believe in building a better state for all of our children.  We believe that all kids deserve the best chance at a safe and healthy childhood. We as a state and as members of our communities owe it to our children to ensure…...

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Funding Child Safety

  Child safety is about more than just physical safety. It’s about ensuring youth have the experiences and supports that support their healthy development. For children, this involves permanent, loving family connections. Unfortunately in Nebraska, many of the resources we have available to keep children safe, especially from the federal…...

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In an ideal world…

Anyone who knows the founder of Voices for Children, Kathy Bigsby Moore, is probably familiar with her common catch phrases. The phrase “in an ideal world” is usually followed by a statement about how things would be for Nebraska kids if we were able to fix it with some sort of…...

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Ever wonder why teens do stupid things?

  Turns out, it is all about how their brain develops. In the past ten years, scientific research has revealed that the brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-20s. A young person’s brain is actually different than an adult’s. What difference does that make? The Supreme Court has ruled that…...

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Unwrapping the LR 37 Report

Just in time for the holidays, the Health and Human Services Committee delivered over 400 pages of research, reports, and recommendations relating to child welfare to stakeholders and advocates on December 15th.  We’ve spent the past few days at Voices for Children in Nebraska digging into the report and seeing…...

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You’re invited! Kids Count in Nebraska Report Release 2011

  Join Voices for Children in Nebraska for the release of the Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report KIDS COUNT in Nebraska 2011 REPORT RELEASE When: Thursday January 12, 2012 12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch provided Where: State Capitol Room 1023 Lincoln, NE...

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LR 37 Report Released – Time for action on child welfare!

  The Health and Human Services Committee released their report on child welfare and juvenile services reform today, after months of hearings across the state, surveys of attorneys, judges, foster and biological parents, a Legislative Performance and a Fiscal Audit. Voices for Children in Nebraska appreciates the time and effort…...

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