- There are 4,250 children currently in foster care in
- Nebraska's removal rate to foster care is among the
highest in the United States
- The average length of stay for a child in Nebraska
foster care is approximately 12 months
- 66% of children in foster care are eventually
reunified with their families
2009 Nebraska Children’s Summit video presentations are
now available online
Watch the breakout and plenary
sessions from the 2009 Children’s Summit in Grand Island on September
9-11th. Attorneys may earn CLE credits for viewing the majority of the
presentations (follow the instructions in the right-hand column).
You can also view Through their Eyes: A View from
Nebraska’s Foster Youth, a short 15-minute video that was introduced at
the Children’s Summit and is now available online. DVD copies of the
video may be purchased for $5. Proceeds will be donated
to the Nebraska Foster Youth Council.
2010 Lecture Series
Time is running out to register to attend free and informative
trainings on two very important topics in the child welfare system.
Learn more about improving our response to child welfare cases that
involve Native American children and about focusing on a foster child’s
relationship with her siblings while in care.
Advanced Indian Child Welfare Act Issues
There is no cost to attend but you must register in advance. CLE
credits are available and costs $15. Those registered for CLE credits
will also receive Advanced GAL credit. For more information about the
trainings, click here.
Sherri Eveleth, DHHS ICWA Program Specialist
May 21: Valentine
Enhancing Sibling Connections
Rose Wentz, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family
June 8: Grand Island
June 9: Omaha
Recognizing the New Reality of Diverse Parentage: A Call
for Reason in the Juvenile Dependency Justice System
by Jackie Madara-Campell, Family and Juvenile Law Omaha, Christensen
You’re seven years old, scared and want your mom. Four days ago, some
strangers took you from your home and now you’re living with other
strangers calling themselves foster parents. When you ask where your
mom is, these strangers explain that she’s sick and can’t take care of
you. In truth, she’s addicted to prescription painkillers and has an
undiagnosed mental illness. Nobody knows where she is.
But you’ve got two parents. So why are you here with these strangers?
What you don’t know is that you’re trapped in one of the biggest holes
in our juvenile justice system. Full
Save the Dates for Helping Babies from the Bench
workshops and 2010 Regional Conferences
Please mark your calendars to attend one of our all-day regional
conferences in Scottsbluff, Hastings, Norfolk and Lincoln. Click here
for more information.
Phase II of Helping Babies from the Bench will begin in August. This
training will address advanced issues on babies and toddlers in the
court system and focus on how this information should be used during
the life of an abuse-neglect case. The afternoon session will include
a workshop for a core team that will work on developing an action plan
for implementation in their area. Click here
for more information. If you would like to be a part of the core team
in your area, please contact Kelli Hauptman.
Legislative Update: Juvenile Review Panels and
Video conference hearings
Legislative Bill 800, which pertains to Nebraska's juvenile justice
system, was signed into law by the Governor on April 13, 2010. LB 800
covers a variety of issues including early intervention on youth crime,
parental involvement, school attendance, alternatives to detention,
authority of probation officers in imposing sanctions, and sealing
juvenile records. Related to abuse/neglect cases, the bill also
eliminates the use of three-judge appeal panels (aka juvenile review
panels) and approves the use of telephonic and video conferencing for
all non-evidentiary hearings and all evidentiary hearings with the
consent of the parties. LB 800 was passed by senators 48-0.
Listen to Oral Argument of Abuse/Neglect Cases
Oral arguments in abuse/neglect cases made before the Nebraska Supreme
Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals are available on the Through the
Eyes website. You may stream the audio on your computer, or download
it to play on an iPod or other mobile device.
Oral arguments held in April:
To access all available oral argument archives, click here.
H., A-09-1142, Nebraska Court of Appeals
(judicial notice of trial after reversal on appeal for failure to
comply with ICWA)
Trying to find an abuse/neglect case but can’t remember the case name?
Use our search engine for abuse/neglect cases since 2006. Cases can be
searched by keyword. To begin a search, click here.
In re Interest of Ipolita B. (Unpublished opinion, April 20,
2010) It was improper for the juvenile court to deny DHHS’
recommendation for placement and instead place the child with a family
friend primarily because the child’s older half-brother already lived
in the DHHS-recommended placement. Full
In re Interest of Carrdale H. II (_____ N.W.2d _____, 18 Neb.
App. 350, April 27, 2010) Evidence proving mere possession of crack
cocaine by the father without any showing that it affected the child
does not establish a definite risk of future harm, and adjudication of
the child on this basis was therefore improper. Full
In re Interest of Dylan S. (Unpublished opinion, April 27,
2010) Evidence of the father’s unstable and inappropriate living
conditions for housing his toddler child and his inability to be alert
and attentive due to his mental health conditions and prescription
medications were sufficient for the child to be adjudicated. Full
care contract, Lincoln Journal Star
care lead agency pool, Lincoln
agencies, state committed to child welfare
reform, Lincoln Journal Star
welfare agency ends contract, Omaha World Herald
services, Lincoln Journal Star
detention center after Visinet shutdown,
Lincoln Journal Star
- HHS in
lurch after losing agency, Omaha World Herald
bankruptcy, Lincoln Journal Star
Closure Leaves Nebraska Foster Care Families in Limbo, 1011 Now.com
foster care providers, Lincoln
to call managers, Sioux City Journal
could take years, Omaha World Herald
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