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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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The Evolution of Child Welfare

  As part of our research into child welfare reform in Nebraska, we felt it would be helpful to put the current action in historically context.  As a result, Voices for Children has compiled a timeline of the Evolution of Child Welfare – both in Nebraska and Nationally.  The timeline…...

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Children or Adults?

Every year in the United States, about 200,000 young people are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as adults. What exactly does that mean? It means that these young people don’t have the chance to access the rehabilitative services and supports that they would in juvenile court. It often means that they…...

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Violent Crime Among Youth

Last year, about 14,000 juveniles were arrested in Nebraska. If you’re at all pessimistic or haven’t taken a timeout from the news lately, it would be easy to look at this figure, shake your head and pronounce something about “kids these days.” But it wouldn’t be quite fair....

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Juvenile Justice History 101

  Adults aren’t the only ones who break the law. Every year, many children and youth come into conflict with the law for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from status offenses that apply only because of age (truancy, possession of alcohol) to criminal offenses (shoplifting, possession of drugs, assault).…...

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Four years after the Westroads Mall shooting, has anything changed?

  Four years ago today, like many Omahans and Nebraskans, we were glued to our televisions, watching news reports of the shooting at Von Maur.  We issued a brief statement to the press early the next day: “Omaha,NE– The tragedy at Westroads Mall has again reminded us of the difficulties…...

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Babies Born Healthy — An International Perspective

Recently, I came across an online article entitled, “New Ads Push Prenatal Care”.  I clicked on it to learn more, and found myself somewhat surprised to be reading  the article in the Phnom Phen Post, the English language newspaper in Cambodia. I went to Cambodia on a couple of occasions back in 2004…...

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