- National Adoption Day will be celebrated in a number of jurisdictions across the state in November and December. For more information on Adoption Day festivities in your community, see the Nebraska Supreme Court Adoption Day web page.
- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is seeking applications to fill the positions of Chief Judge and Associate Judge. View the job ad for more information.
- The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative hosted a webinar for attorneys on LB561. Watch the video. Download the Powerpoint. View the flier.
- Recorded video sessions and Team Reports (click here) from the 2012 Nebraska Children's Summit sessions are now available online. If you have questions about CLE and advanced GAL training credit, please contact the MCLE office at 402-471-3137 or click here. You may also download the Summit Spiral Binder here (printable PDF)
- The Foster Parent and Relative Caregiver Information form allows foster parents and relative caregivers to submit information to the court. The form should be submitted to the court hearing the child's case two weeks prior to the next hearing.
- Studies of Representation of Children and Youth in Nebraska Pursuant to LB 961 (2008), a study of Nebraska's guardian ad litem practices, was undertaken by the National Association of Counsel for Children (Denver, CO), and a study of Nebraska's juvenile indigent defense system in delinquency cases was undertaken by the National Juvenile Defender Center (Washington, DC). Read the GAL report. Read the juvenile defense report.
From Chief Justice Michael Heavican
|Dec 10th||Lancaster County Team Meeting|
|Dec 18th||11th District - Team 1 (Dawson County) team meeting|
|Dec 20th||7th District team meeting|
- 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
The Autumn of 561
By Christine Henningsen, Staff Attorney for the Juvenile Justice Court Improvement Project Autumn is upon us. Steaming cups of apple cider, visits to pumpkin patches, Big 10 Nebraska football, and juvenile justice reform. October 1, 2013, was a big day for all of us involved with and affected by LB 561. Those most impacted by the new bill, the youth of Nebraska, probably did not even know that the first of October was anything more than a normal Tuesday. It is our responsibility to ensure that the youth are positively impacted by the reform. To that end, the Juvenile Justice Court Improvement Project (JJCIP) was created to advance the goals of rehabilitation of involved youth in a process that is fair to all parties and maintains community safety. JJCIP is focusing on 6 outcomes as we transition to our state’s new model:
1. Successful implementation of LB 561 within the courts;
2. Increase knowledge and understanding about scientific advances and best practice developments that promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism among youth who violate the law and status offenders;
3. Promote and support local problem solving in improving the juvenile justice court process;
4. Increase the use of facilitated conferences, including restorative justice models and family engagement models, as part of the juvenile justice court process;
5. Collection and analysis of local and state data about court processes and youth outcomes in juvenile justice; and
6. Improve the quality of legal representation.
The Hastings Team - Establishing the Maryland Living Center
In 2012, the Hastings team of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative partnered with other community organizations to secure funding for the development and operation of a living center for older runaway and homeless youth. At the 2012 Children’s Summit, statewide team members honored the project by voting it Project with the Most Impact. Below is a Q & A with Project Coordinator Lauren Slaughter about the Maryland Living Center (MLC).
Latest Caselaw Updates
In re Interest of Dayton C.
Filed on October 15, 2013 Not designated for permanent publication, A-13-201 SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where he was incarcerated for much of the child’s life, failed to visit or have contact with the child and failed to intervene in the case. Dayton, DOB 6/07, went under the legal guardianship of his maternal grandmother, [...]
In re Interest of Sarah H.
Filed on October 22, 2013 21 Neb. App. 441, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: A person who held out to be the child’s biological father for 15 years and had the child placed with him as a potential long-term placement has a sufficient interest for intervention. Filing the petition to intervene after the adjudication hearing began was [...]
In re Interest of Emily V.
Filed on October 8, 2013 Not designated for permanent publication, A-13-224 SUMMARY: Termination of the mother’s parental rights was proper where she has had three prior involuntary terminations and has made no efforts in the short time of the current case to avail herself of services. Emily, DOB 4/11, is the fourth child of Amanda V. Amanda [...]
In re Petition of Anonymous 5
Filed on October 4, 2013 286 Neb. 640, ____ N.W.2d ____ SUMMARY: A state ward minor was not sufficiently mature to have an abortion because she showed neither that she understand the consequences of having an abortion nor that she had sufficient experience and judgment. The statutory language under N.R.S. 71-6903 permitting a court to allow [...]
In re Interest of Braxton D.
No. 13-0100, 13-0101, 13-0102; Not designated for permanent publication Filed October 2, 2013 SUMMARY: Juvenile court erred in dismissing with prejudice the State’s petition when the dismissal was based on the State’s failure to appear at the scheduled hearing. The State of Nebraska filed three petitions to adjudicate Braxton D. as a juvenile under Neb. Rev. Stat. [...]