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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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Opportunity@Work

In an earlier post on the new poverty data, I had promised to say more about what we can do as a state to address poverty.  While I’m not going to highlight a specific policy today, I am going to tell you more about how Voices for Children started working on…...

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Behind-the-scenes of Kids Count in Nebraska

  Though the Kids Count in Nebraska 2011 Report isn’t released until January, we here at Voices for Children are busy collecting, sorting, analyzing, charting and occasionally scratching our heads over all the data that we’ve received from our loyal data providers. Since it’s my day to blog, I thought I’d give…...

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Step Up for Kids

    Kids can’t vote or hold public office.  That’s why it is important that we Step Up and let our elected officials know that we care about children and urge them to protect vital services that help them grow and learn....

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47,000 Reasons to Move Forward on Health Care

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman expressed his plans to wait to move forward on setting up a Health Care Exchange in Nebraska.  Health Care Exchanges are one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010.  The exchange will be a new…...

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New Report Highlights Costs of Incarcerating Kids

A large part of our Safety agenda here at Voices for Children in Nebraska focuses on how our state treats children who come into contact with our juvenile justice system. When the first juvenile courts were established in the United States over a hundred years ago, their purpose was to…...

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Unnecessary Costs: Juvenile Incarceration in Nebraska

In light of the release of the No Place for Kids Report earlier today, we’re looking at some of the Nebraska-specific numbers. During the 2009-2010 state fiscal year (SFY), Nebraska spent over $17 million dollars on its two centers for juvenile incarceration – the youth residential treatment centers (YRTC) in…...

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Poverty a matter of life and death

Statistics, dry as they can be, can point to some hard truths when we really pay attention. Last week I wrote about the new Census numbers on child poverty, which indicate that about 1 in 5 Nebraska kids is poor. That translates to 82,000 children, or the entire populations of…...

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