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LB 216: Extending Supports and Services for State Wards (to 21 years old)

As introduced: Eligible former foster youth can voluntarily elect to extend case management and other services (including Medicaid, housing assistance and educational assistance) though DHHS.  Under the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Title IV-E eligibility can be extended until a former foster youth reaches…...

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National Foster Care Month an opportunity for real change for Nebraska’s kids

Today, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation making May National Foster Care Month.  Since 1988, May has been designated as the month to recognize the contributions of foster parents and call attention to the needs of children in our nation’s foster care systems. Nationally, 382,400 children under 18 currently are in…...

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Providing permanency for youth in care

Safety, permanency and well-being are goals for all children and youth, especially those in foster care, but what does permanency mean and what is being done in Nebraska to ensure that children and youth in foster care achieve permanency? In short, permanency refers to the need of all children and…...

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LB 216: Extending Supports and Services for State Wards to 21

Today, Voices for Children testified in support of LB 216, which voluntarily extends foster care services to age 21 for state wards.  Here is our written testimony to the Health and Human Services Committee:   January 31, 2013 To: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee From: Sarah Forrest,…...

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