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  • 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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  • Helping them Succeed: Transitioning into Adulthood
    Every practitioner in juvenile court has had at least one. At least one kid who you knew had so much potential. So much innate intelligence or raw skill or keen intuition. You knew it was there. Even though he didn’t get good grades in school or follow instructions well or follow through on plans. Before long, that kid aged out of foster care. One final hearing and a tentative plan. A few years later, that kid is back, now as an adult. With her own child now entering foster care or with a growing criminal record. And you rack your head over what happened. How could someone with so much potential go down the track that so many foster care kids have over the years?

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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 Catalino V.
    In re Interest of Catalino V. No. A-14-0228; Not designated for permanent publication Filed August 19, 2014 SUMMARY: Indefinite suspension of a father’s visitation is a final, appealable order that affects substantial rights. However, juvenile court did not err in suspending father’s visitation indefinitely because visitation was not in the son’s best interests. Trenel (DOB 3/20/20014) was removed from [...]
  • In re Interest of Lorenzo and Angel P.
    In re Interest of Lorenzo and Angel P. No. A-13-343 & A-13-344; Not designated for permanent publication Filed August 26, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a father’s parental rights was in the children’s best interests where the father did not successfully address his substance abuse and made no progress toward reunification. On October [...]
  • In re Interest of Mischa S.
    In re Interest of Mischa S. Filed on June 24, 2014 22 Neb. App. 105, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: In adjudication cases, the proof required for active efforts under ICWA is by a preponderance of the evidence. Active efforts were provided in this case; however, removal of the children was improper because there was not evidence of [...]
  • In re Interest of Don'Kaveon S. et al.
    In re Interest of Don’Kaveon S. et al. Filed on June 10, 2014 Not designated for permanent publication, A-14-019 SUMMARY: Continued protective custody of the children was appropriate where the mother failed to follow a safety plan of appropriately monitoring the children in a case with sexual abuse history. An 8-month time lapse between removal and completion of [...]
  • In re Interest of Lorenzo S. and Lillian S.
    In re Interest of Lorenzo S. and Lillian S. Filed on June 3, 2014 Not designated for permanent publication, A-13-513 and A-13-516 SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was proper where the mother did not make notable progress in her case plan and continued to use methamphetamine daily. It was not a conflict of interest for the relative [...]
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