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Announcements

  • A public fact sheet regarding the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study was developed by the Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and a work group of stakeholders. The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study is one of the largest investigations ever to assess the link between childhood maltreatment and later life health and well being. The study included more than 17,000 HMO members who had physical examinations and agreed to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of maltreatment and/or dysfunction. The study suggests that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death. Those working with the child welfare and court system will find this fact sheet relevant for both the parents and children that they serve. Knowing the connection between early childhood experiences and future health and well being is important to prevention and recovery. A copy of the fact sheet can be found here.

  • Cities across the state will be celebrating National Adoption Day throughout the month of November. The first celebration will be held Saturday, November 15 in Lincoln. Please click on the individual cities below for full event details.

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  • The 2015 Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Request for Proposal (RFP) was released by the Nebraska Crime Commission and can be viewed in full here. Proposals are due January 12.
  • The Nebraska Crime Commission released their annual Crime in Nebraska report. The report notes that juvenile arrests were down 14% from 2012, while adult arrests were down 7% from 2012. The full report can be found here.

  • The Nebraska legislature recently allocated five million dollars to the Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program, which provides funds to Nebraska counties and tribes to establish and deliver community-based services for youth in the juvenile justice system. Click here for full press release.

  • NDHHS announced the opportunity for Medicaid coverage to age 26 includes not only youth who age out of foster care at 19, but also youth who left foster care at the age of 18. Previously, there was a question over whether the ACA provision for Medicaid coverage to age 26 included both 18 & 19 year olds. Read the story here and on 10/24 watch the public hearing on the interim study of the impact of the ACA provision on NET OnDemand.

  • Most sections of legislative bill 464 went into effect on July 18, 2014. Click here to view our webinar and supporting materials including: power point slides ; jurisdictional chart; payment of services flow chart; and a section by section summary. For any questions or concerns regarding LB 464 please contact Christine Henningsenfor more information.

  • The new Young Child Court Form was rolled out at the regional conferences.  This form was created by a committee of mental health and juvenile court practitioners, and piloted at Omaha Kids and Judges Day.  The form is intended for children around the ages of 6 to 10, and is meant to provide the child a voice in the court process and to let the judge know how he/she is doing.  Local teams are urged to develop a process to ensure all young children are being encouraged to complete the form and the form is being sent to the court. Click here for the form or it can also be located under the resources tab.

  • 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

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  • Chadron State College Conference a Collaborative Success
    On November 5, 2014, child welfare and juvenile justice students and professionals came together for a day-long conference hosted by Chadron State College. The event, which was free and open to the public, is held every year as the capstone project of the “Communities & Organizations” class within Chadron’s Social Work Program. Adding to the success of the event was the collaboration with the District 12- Northern Panhandle Through the Eyes of the Child Team led by Judge Russell Harford.

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Latest Caselaw Updates

  • In re Interest of Kameron R..
    In re Interest of Kameron R.. No. A-14-530; Not designated for permanent publication Filed December 9, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was proper where there was evidence the child had never resided with the father, the father had only had a handful of visits, and the father was repeatedly incarcerated. Amanda and Robert, parents of Kameron [...]
  • In re Interest of Katrina B. et al.
    In re Interest of Katrina B. et al. No. A-14-256, A-14-257, A-14-258, A-14-259; Not designated for permanent publication Filed December 4, 2014 SUMMARY: Evidence that the father failed to protect the children from sexual abuse from an older sibling supported the recommendation in the case plan that the father [...]
  • In re Adoption of Eva S. & Elijah S.
    In re Adoption of Eva S. & Elijah S. No. A-14-244 Filed December 2, 2014 SUMMARY: Trial court erred in finding that the father did not abandon his children and that alternative consent for adoption could not be given by the guardian ad litem because evidence that the father had not had contact with his children for almost [...]
  • In re Interest of Nedhal A.
    In re Interest of Nedhal A. Filed December 12, 2014 S-14-217 289 Neb. 711; ____ N.W.2d ____ Summary: The Nebraska Supreme Court reversed and remanded an order from the Separate Juvenile Court of Lancaster County, which ordered Nedhal A. to Intensive Supervised Probation (ISP) with placement at Nebraska’s Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) in Geneva. In [...]
  • In re Interest of Patrick B., Jr.
    In re Interest of Patrick B., Jr. Filed November 25, 2014 No. A-14-498 ____ N.W.2d ____ Summary: In this case, both the mother and father appealed from the order of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County finding that their son fell into the meaning of Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-247(3)(a). The parents argued there was [...]
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