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Legislature sets the stage for juvenile justice reform

A great deal of public attention has been focused on Nebraska’s child welfare system’s flaws over the past few years. Our juvenile justice system, which actually serves just as many vulnerable children and families, has received comparatively little. Yet data show that youth in our juvenile justice system are often…...

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Annual Report 2011

  Our 2011 Annual Report has gone digital!  Flip through the report below for a recap of our accomplishments for kids in 2011. Open publication – Free publishing – More children Still prefer the feel of paper in your hands?  We have a limited quantity of printed reports available.  Request…...

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Kids faring well in 2012 state budget adjustments…so far

  Every two years, Nebraska’s Legislature sets a budget for the next two years deciding which programs to fund and at what levels. We spend a lot of time looking at a variety of crucial bills, but when push comes to shove Nebraska’s budget is the single most important one…...

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One giant leap for child welfare reform?

For over two years Nebraska’s vulnerable children and families, social workers, service providers, and court stakeholders have been stuck. They’ve been stuck in a constantly changing system, enduring sudden transition after sudden transition, newspaper story after newspaper story, contract amendment after contract amendment. Nebraska’s child welfare system was struggling long…...

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Press Conference Brings Together Coalition Opposing Tax Proposal

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Making Children a Priority at the Legislature

  Each legislative session, our Nebraska state Senators have an opportunity to make children a priority. Let me amend that statement: Senators have lots of opportunities to make children a priority, ranging from introducing bills that specifically address children’s issues to ensuring that vital programs have the funding to reach the kids…...

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Bills, Hearings, and Fiscal Notes – Oh My!

The month of January has flown by here at Voices for Children. With so many of the services that serve our mostvulnerable children and families in crisis, we’ve been burning the midnight oil to make sure kids’ voices are heard in Lincoln on any number of issues. During the session…...

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LB 844 – Changing the Nebraska Parenting Act

LB 844 makes a number of harmful changes to the Nebraska Parenting Act. Never heard of the Parenting Act? Every year almost 7,000 children in Nebraska experience divorce in their families. While divorce deals with a number of issues (cars, property, etc.) it has a tremendous impact on children, especially…...

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Gaining perspective on the Governor’s Tax Cut

Cutting taxes limits Nebraska’s ability to fund important programs aimed at helping our children get the best possible start in life.  To give us a little perspective, here are 10 policy changes that benefit kids from before birth through their teen years, sized relative to Governor Heineman’s proposed tax cuts.…...

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Proposed tax cut not worth a pound of potatoes

The Governor’s proposed tax cuts don’t amount to much for families just trying to get by. A more meaningful solution for lower- and middle-income families would be to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit. State revenues could also support other programs impacting children and hard-working Nebraska families....

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