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In re Interest of Chance J.

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Filed on December 31, 2009
279 Neb. 81, 776 N.W.2d 519
SUMMARY: A difference in physical appearance between the parent and child or a suspicion based on infidelity are not just causes for abandonment of a child born in wedlock.  
Chance, DOB 4/17/06, was removed from the mother’s care in June 2007. On February 6, 2002, [...]

Foster Care chief suspended

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Paul Hammel
LINCOLN — The Nebraska Foster Care Review Board agreed this afternoon that its long-time director should serve a 60-day suspension without pay for violating a federal act barring political campaigning.
The board voted 9-0 in a hastily called meeting in Lincoln to agreed to the suspension of Carol Stitt, who has headed the [...]

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

Monday, December 21st, 2009

by Natalie G. Nelsen, Guardian ad Litem, Holdrege

On October 7, 2008, the Fostering Connections Act was signed into law. The Foster Connections Act is designed to help children and youth in the foster care system by promoting permanent families for them through relative guardianships and adoptions and by improving education and health care. The Act has six key areas of focus to improve outcomes for youth. It is important to note that many of the requirements of the Act are tied to eligibility for Title IV (E) funding, and many of the resources made available through the act are only available if the child is IV(E) eligible.

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Launches U.S. Senate caucus to focus on foster youth

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley today announced the formation of a new Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, which he will co-chair with Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Three young Iowans who have been in and out of the foster care system and now are actively involved in helping other kids who’ve “aged out? participated in today’s [...]

More help urged for troubled youths

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By Paul Hammel
A year after Nebraska made national headlines because a stream of “safe haven? kids were dropped off at local hospitals, advocates say the state still isn’t providing adequate services for its troubled children.
Kris Jenkins of Lincoln said her adopted 10-year-old son has been hospitalized six or seven times after uncontrollable violent outbursts. [...]

Report: Higher percentage of children returning to foster care

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star
There was good news in 2008 about children in foster care in Nebraska.
The number of foster children in out-of-home care dropped to 4,620, compared with 5,043 the year before. And 100 more of them — 572 — found permanent adoptive homes.
As of Sunday, children in out-of-home care was down [...]

Neb. board urges oversight of foster-care reform

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

(AP) — Child-welfare experts said on Tuesday that Nebraska needs to improve its oversight of private groups to ensure they will properly care for thousands of foster-care children and expressed concern that state officials may be rushing reform.
While stopping well short of full-on privatization of the foster-care system, the state is beginning to farm out [...]

Foster care news good and bad

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By Paul Hammel
LINCOLN — While fewer Nebraska children were in foster care in 2008 and a record number of foster kids were adopted, there’s still serious issues plaguing the state’s child welfare system, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Concerns listed in the 2008 annual report by the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board, [...]

In re Interest of Preston O., A-09-0623, In re Interest of Porsha O., A-09-0624

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Nebraska Court of Appeals

In re Interest of Baby T., A-09-0719

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Nebraska Court of Appeals