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Audit shows Foster Care Review Board problems

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

BY JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008
At a critical time for the state’s foster care system, the independent state agency that watches over out-of-home care is at odds on leadership issues.
A report issued Wednesday by a legislative committee criticized the director of Nebraska’s Foster Care Review Board, including an allegation that Carol [...]

Grant will help St. Monica’s assist moms, children even more

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

BY NANCY HICKS / Lincoln Journal Star
Saturday, Dec 27, 2008
Three years ago on Christmas Day, Emily was holed up in her trailer, high on meth, avoiding reality.
And ignoring the family members knocking on her door.
“Ignoring the phone when it rang. Trying to forget that it’s the holidays.?
Two years ago on Christmas, she was in prison.
But [...]

Judge: 7 kids left in Omaha can remain with aunt

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008
OMAHA — Seven children abandoned in September under the state’s safe-haven law by their widowed Omaha father will remain with an aunt in Lincoln.
Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich ruled Tuesday on the placement, ending a long process to find a foster home for the children.
The father dropped [...]

Many senators say more help needed for kids

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

By NATE JENKINS / The Associated Press
Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008
Following the drop-off of three dozen children at Nebraska hospitals under an open-ended safe-haven law, many state senators support an increase in services for older kids with behavioral problems.
But a significant number are also unsure whether a new slate of services is really the right answer [...]

In re Interest of Luis G., A-08-0770, In re Interest of Jose J., A-08-0777, A-08-0778

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Nebraska Court of Appeals

State urged to increase mental health spending for foster children

Friday, December 12th, 2008

LINCOLN — Nearly one in five children enter Nebraska’s foster care system because they have mental or behavioral problems.
Other foster children need mental health care because of trauma caused by abuse or neglect at home, removal from their families and being moved from placement to placement within the foster care system.
Addressing [...]

Report: State foster kids need behavioral help

Friday, December 12th, 2008

BY JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star
Friday, Dec 12, 2008
With a chorus of families saying mental and behavioral health services are not easy to access, the state Foster Care Review Board recommended Friday creating a single entry point for mental health services.
It is the same topic members of the Legislature’s Children In Crisis Task Force [...]

Couple forced to give adopted baby back to Native American tribe

Friday, December 12th, 2008

December 12th, 2008 @ 10:00pm
By Sarah Dallof
Come Sunday, Heather and Clint Larson will drive to the South Jordan police station and hand over the baby they’ve raised for six months to a tribal representative, and they worry they’ll never see him again.
Not a lot is certain in little Talon’s life, except for the fact [...]

In re Interest of Joel Anaya

Friday, December 5th, 2008

State of Nebraska v. Josue Anaya and Mary Anaya
Filed on December 5, 2008
758 N.W.2d 10, 276 Neb. 825
SUMMARY: The statutory requirement of newborn blood-testing does not violate the free exercise of religion provisions under the Nebraska Constitution; however, the juvenile court did not have jurisdiction because evidence of the lack of blood testing alone is [...]

Nebraska Supreme Court upholds newborn screening law

Friday, December 5th, 2008

By The Associated Press
Friday, Dec 05, 2008 - 02:22:11 pm CST
Nebraska’s newborn screening law doesn’t violate a right to freely practice religion, but state officials crossed a line when they took an infant from his parents for a week last year, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
The law that was upheld by the high [...]