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Medicaid Public Hearing on Behavioral Health

Last Thursday, Medicaid held a public hearing about the new rules and regulations for children’s behavioral health in Nebraska. Right now, these rules and regs are still only in draft form, but they will soon be finalized. This hearing was for anyone to share their thoughts on the draft rules…...

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“Don’t talk about it in front of the kids!”

I don’t know how most people my age were introduced to the issues of money and finance, but I have distinct early memories of my father telling my mother that money was not something to be talked about when the kids were in the room.  My family was undoubtedly well-intentioned…...

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Early trauma can last a lifetime

When looking at the numbers of kids who are experiencing maltreatment of some kind, we might feel pain on their behalf or outrage at what they’re going through. It’s certainly an appropriate response. Kids don’t deserve to be treated badly, and that’s something that most adults know because we feel…...

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Child Well-Being and the Child Welfare System

  A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to head to Washington, DC for the Child Welfare Institute hosted by Voices for America’s Children. The packed day-and-a-half agenda was a chance for state advocates to learn about best practices, get federal updates, and compare notes. In addition to the…...

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Prenatal Care still important for Nebraska’s babies

Hello! My name is Jena and I wanted to take the time to introduce myself as an intern with Voices for Children in Nebraska. I have been given the opportunity and privilege to work closely with this organization and learn about the foundations, purpose, and objectives. I, myself, am currently…...

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Bringing solutions through collaboration

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford Voices for Children is committed finding solutions to the problems facing Nebraska’s children through strategic collaboration.  We have and will work toward collaborative solutions to the most pressing issues for children.  At the same…...

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Racial Disparities in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

  You probably already know this, but we here at Voices for Children in Nebraska are passionate about justice and fairness for all of Nebraska’s kids. This passion drives us to examine troubling trends in the hopes that solutions can be found for even the most complicated and longstanding of challenges…...

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Assessing ACCESSNebraska

  On Monday, Voices for Children partnered with other organizations to host the first in a series of  “listening sessions” on ACCESSNebraska.  ACCESSNebraska is the state’s new way of providing public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, and child care subsidies.  In 2010, the state changed from a model of providing benefits with an…...

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Slow descent in out-of-home care numbers

On Tuesday, Sarah did a great job articulating the notion of “flipping the pyramid” of child welfare. In her blog post, she spoke about Nebraska’s effort to lower its rate of children served in out-of-home care. So we got to thinking: What do the data tell us, historically-speaking, about how many…...

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Nebraska’s Child Welfare Pyramid

  When most people think of pyramids, they probably think of Ancient Egypt. Maybe a few think of geometry class or the way we learned about nutrition in grade school. The first association that jumps into my mind is … Nebraska’s child welfare system. I’m not sure who in Nebraska…...

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