- Chief Justice Heavican addressed the Legislature in his 7th annual State of the Judiciary. In this year's speech, the Chief Justice encouraged the Through the Eyes of the Child teams to expand their current work to include Juvenile Justice issues. Watch | Read. For more information, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch website.
From Chief Justice Michael Heavican
|Mar 11th||Lancaster Team Meeting|
|Mar 26th||Omaha Team Meeting|
|Mar 31st||10th District - West Team Meeting|
|Apr 8th||Lancaster Team Meeting|
|Apr 17th||11th District - Team 3 (McCook) Team Meeting|
- Improve service delivery to the family - frontloaded, targeted to the issues and effective
- Improve our response to older youth in care
- Expedite quality evaluations and targeted treatment for substance-abusing parents
Adoption Day Celebrations Across Nebraska
National Adoption Day was celebrated throughout the State of Nebraska in seven courts in November and an additional two courts in December. Judges in Lincoln, Omaha, Fremont, Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, and Scottsbluff finalized adoptions for children in our state’s foster care system. According to the National Adoption Day website (www.nationaladoptionday.org/about), the day “helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family.” Here in our state, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that 453 state wards were adopted during the 2012 calendar year. On this year’s Nebraska Adoption Day, over 100 foster youth were adopted.
The Hastings Team - Establishing the Maryland Living Center
In 2012, the Hastings team of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative partnered with other community organizations to secure funding for the development and operation of a living center for older runaway and homeless youth. At the 2012 Children’s Summit, statewide team members honored the project by voting it Project with the Most Impact. Below is a Q & A with Project Coordinator Lauren Slaughter about the Maryland Living Center (MLC).
Latest Caselaw Updates
In re Interest of Samantha C.
Filed March 7, 2014 S-13-533, ____ N.W.2d ____ Summary: The Nebraska Supreme Court rejected minor child’s argument that the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was habitually truant from school under Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-247(3)(b), and the argument that the remedial measures schools are to take to address absenteeism as laid out [...]
In re Interest of Tiffany N.; In re Interest of Tyler N.; In re Interest of Tyson N.
Nos. A-13-255, A-13-0256, A-13-0257; Not designated for permanent publication Filed February 26, 2014 SUMMARY: Evidence supported termination of a mother’s parental rights where there were concerns about the mother’s ability to remain sober and to parent her children safely, even though the mother made some progress on her goals. On September 24, 2009, Tracey was arrested for [...]
In re Interest of Nyajok, Wiu, and Ruey
Nos. A-13-534; Not designated for permanent publication Filed February 26, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was proper where the evidence taken together demonstrated that the father was not interested in reunifying with his children. The juvenile court did not rely solely on the father’s financial situation or cultural differences. On September 28, 2009, Nyame [...]
In re Interest of Alyssa B.
No. A-13-686; Not designated for permanent publication Filed February 25, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was proper where there was evidence that the father had been offered numerous services but failed to take advantage of them and the father had numerous contacts with law enforcement officers and incarcerations. The State of Nebraska removed [...]
In re Interest of Keylen E. & Ty Onna J.
No. A-13-842; Not designated for permanent publication Filed February 14, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was in the child’s best interest when the child had spent the majority of his life in foster care. In addition, the father made little effort to keep in contact with the child and was not in [...]