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Voices for Children response to Federal funding changes for child welfare

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will imposing a financial penalty for failing to follow regulations for federal child welfare funding.  Nebraska will lose at least $3.2 million in federal funds that help states offset the cost of caring for children in out-of-home care.

From Carolyn Rooker, Executive Director of Voices for Children in Nebraska:

“The penalty payment has to come from somewhere, and we’re sure that in the coming days and weeks, more details will be forthcoming.  The important thing to remember is that we have to minimize the impact on our state’s most vulnerable children and families and move forward from the mistakes of the past.  We are encouraged by new leadership and a renewed focus on the part of key decision makers on prevention and interventions that keep children and families safely together.”

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