- 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.
From Chief Justice Michael Heavican
- Improve service delivery to the family - frontloaded, targeted to the issues and effective
- Improve our response to older youth in care
- Expedite quality evaluations and targeted treatment for substance-abusing parents
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).
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.
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 [...]