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  • Regional Conferences Are Coming Up: The all-day trainings addressing topics pertinent to local teams of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. Click here for the Save the Date information. Topics to be covered include: youth voice; restorative justice; detention alternatives; and updates from HHS & Probation. We hope to see you there!

  • The Older Youth Court Questionnaire has been updated as part of our efforts in making the form web-based. The changes were made based on suggestions from judges and Project Everlast councils, and the language has been made more understandable to young people. Click here to find the updated form.

  • 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.

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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

  • Crossover Youth Practice Model Implementation in Douglas County
    The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) aims to improve outcomes for “crossover youth” – youth who have experienced maltreatment, engaged in delinquency and are known to both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Research shows that youth who have been abused or neglected are at higher risk of entering the juvenile justice system, therefore becoming “crossover” youth. CYPM was formally implemented in Douglas County November 1, 2012 after nearly a year of program development with the local stakeholder group and technical assistance from the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR).

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Spotlight Team

  • Innovation in Dodge County Juvenile Court
    On May 14, 2014, Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican, State Court Administrator Corey Steele, Director of Dispute Resolution and Special Programs Debora Denny Brownyard, myself, and other juvenile justice stakeholders, travelled to Fremont to visit with the Honorable Kenneth Vampola and view Dodge County’s newly renovated juvenile courtroom.

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Latest Caselaw Updates

  • In re Interest of Angeleah M. & Ava M.
    In re Interest of Angeleah M. & Ava M. Filed on July 15, 2014 Not designated for permanent publication, A-13-1060 SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was improper because while he violated his parole and was returned to prison, the violation was only due to failing to visit his parole officer, and he had [...]
  • In re Interest of Justine J. and Sylissa J.
    In re Interest of Justine J. and Sylissa J. Filed on July 18, 2014 288 Neb. 607, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: There was no plain error in the juvenile court finding there was not clear and convincing evidence to terminate the mother’s parental rights because there was insufficient evidence of best interests especially given that [...]
  • In Interest of Gabriella H.
    In Interest of Gabriella H. Filed on June 3, 2014 22 Neb. App. 70, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: There was not clear and convincing evidence that the father knew or believed he was the child’s father so there was insufficient evidence to prove abandonment and, in any event, his incarceration was a circumstance beyond [...]
  • In re Interest of Joseph S. et. al.
    In re Interest of Joseph S. et al. Filed on July 3, 2014 288 Neb. 463, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: Because there was no evidence of coercion during the mother’s voluntary case with DHHS, due process requirements were not triggered prior to the filing of a petition. Due process protections after the filing of [...]
  • In re Interest of Nathaniel P.
    In re Interest of Nathaniel P. Filed on May 27, 2014 22 Neb. App. 46, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: An order temporarily suspending the educational rights of the parent is not final and appealable. Nathaniel, born in 2006, was removed from the home of the mother, Ashley, in November 2012 due to [...]
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