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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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Kinship Care Increases Feelings of Stability and Love

Under the roof of every family home, there are ways of going about the day that family members understand without ever having to talk about. Who gets the comfy chair. Who gets first shot at the bathroom in the morning. Who to go to when there’s a dispute. What to…...

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Testimony for LR 85 – Interim study on Health Care Exchanges

  Access to health care, especially during the developmental years of early childhood, is critical for children and can have an impact on health outcomes well into adulthood.  We hope that the legislature will take steps to ensure that a new system of care adequately meets the needs of our…...

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Testimony on LR 306 – Interim Study of ACCESS Nebraska

Thank you to the Health and Human Services Committee and Senator Conrad for taking the time to assess the impact of the new ACCESS Nebraska System on clients and community based organizations. In general, Voices for Children in Nebraska believes that the use of new technology is important to improving…...

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The Other Side of the Tracks: Nebraska Kids in Out-of-Home Care

Take a moment and step into the shoes of a child placed in out-of-home care. Imagine being taken away from your parents, friends, and home and placed into an unfamiliar situation, most likely surrounded by strangers. Every year since 1988, Nebraska has had over 8,000 children in out-of-home care at…...

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