Kinship Care in Nebraska
A panel discussion
featuring new national research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
When: Wednesday, May 23
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Nebraska Children’s Home Society
4939 S. 118th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68137
- State Senator Kathy Campbell, Chairperson of the Health and Human Services Committee
- Judge Lawrence Gendler, Sarpy County Juvenile Court
- Glendora Patterson, Nebraska Children’s Home Society
- Randie Hardiman, Birth Grandparent
- Sierra Valentine, Project Everlast
- Lisa Lechowicz, Kinship Care Provider
- Release of a new national policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Stepping up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, along with Nebraska specific data
RSVP below or by calling (402) 597-3100.
Over the past decade the number of children living with grandparents, other relatives, and close family friends has significantly increased nationally and in Nebraska. The rise of this long-time practice, known as kinship care, demands immediate attention, according to the new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, scheduled to be released on May 23. Many family members and friends who take on parental responsibilities with their often-limited incomes struggle to meet the basic needs of children — a problem that could be alleviated with increased access to and awareness of government and community programs.
Kinship families play a critical role in protecting and nurturing children who experience the trauma of parental separation and other hardships. With 14,000 Nebraska children (a 27% increase from a decade ago), and 22% of the state’s foster children living in kinship care, supporting these families is essential to children’s healthy development and safety.