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  • Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Justice Court Improvement, and the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative are bringing "Enhancing Juvenile Justice In-home Interventions: Regional Introduction and Planning Meetings" to six sites across the state. See the Save the Date for more information or register now.
  • A new report has been issued which outlines some of the biggest barriers the ICPC process can pose for families separated by state lines. Read it, here. For more information on the ICPC process, visit our ICPC page.
  • The Court Improvement Project is hiring project staff! See currently open positions, here.
  • 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

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  1. Improve service delivery to the family - frontloaded, targeted to the issues and effective
  2. Improve our response to older youth in care
  3. Expedite quality evaluations and targeted treatment for substance-abusing parents

Spotlight Issue

  • 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 (, 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.

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Spotlight Team

  • The Northern Panhandle Team – Recruiting Foster Parents
    Chronic shortages in the availability of foster parents. That’s what faced Judge Russell Harford and his Northern Panhandle team over the past few years. A problem statewide, it is especially acute in rural areas and professionals often have to resort to using foster homes a long distance from the child’s home. Judge Harford, DHHS and the Through the Eyes team decided to tackle this issue through a recruitment campaign and have made increasing the availability of local foster homes a team goal.

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Latest Caselaw Updates

  • In re Interest of Trenity D. and Surenity D.
    No. A-13-864; Not designated for permanent publication Filed April 4, 2014 SUMMARY: Juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in qualifying the DHHS assessment worker as an expert where the worker had 4 ½ years of experience working with families. In addition, adjudication was proper where there was evidence of the mother’s history of drug abuse. [...]
  • In re Interest of Quintel C. et. al.
    No. A-13-0567; Not designated for permanent publication Filed April 2, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was in the children’s best interests where the children had been in foster care for over three years, there was evidence of inappropriate physical discipline, and the parents could not control all four children during visitation.   The State filed a petition [...]
  • In re Interest of Mya C. and Sunday C.
    No. A-12-0811; Not designated for permanent publication Filed April 1, 2014 SUMMARY: Requirement in a rehabilitation plan that the mother actively pursue a high school diploma or a GED diploma was not reasonably related to the conditions on which the adjudication had been obtained when the children were adjudicated because the mother left the children with an [...]
  • 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 Quincy J.
    Filed February 28, 2014 S-13-664 287 Neb. 567 Summary: This case concerns the same issue presented in In re Interest of Marcella G.. The minor child, Quincy J., was committed to the Office of Juvenile Services (OJS) for community-based treatment prior to July 1, 2013. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) filed a [...]
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