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Nebraska Families Collaborative

Nebraska Families Collaborative

Our mission is to build on child, family, and community strengths so that all children and families are safe, healthy, and thriving.

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Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) is celebrating National Adoption Month in November when 56 children will be adopted in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Each has a story to tell, but one certainly comes to mind.

This month, NFC featured a story about “Ava” on its website. Ava has lived in nine different homes. Her father died and her mother was unable to care for her. Ava lived with her grandmother until she became ill and died of cancer. NFC family permanency specialists didn’t give up on Ava and eventually she found her forever home.

Ava’s younger brothers, Cason and Nathan were in the same boat. Both their mother and father were unable to care for them. The boy’s grandfather Brian, had a friendship with a woman named Gwen, the owner of a daycare. Brian asked Gwen to take care of his boys, should anything happen to him. When Brian died in May of 2015, Gwen kept her promise.

While it hasn’t been easy for Gwen or the boys, Cason and Nathan were brought up in a loving home with structure, consistency and unconditional love. On November 18, 2017, at the Douglas County Civic Center, Cason and Nathan will join 41 children of all ages who will be adopted and go home with their new families. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m.

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Nebraska Families Collaborative will hold a lunch and learn on the topic of child welfare and its strengths-based approach when working with families. The lunch will be hosted by UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska.

WHO: Nebraska Families Collaborative

WHAT: Child Welfare Lunch and Learn

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work
UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 6601 Dodge Street
Room 132D

NOTE: RSVP for the luncheon via the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work Facebook page

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Ava is not your typical teenager. After the unexpected death of her father, her life was turned upside down when she found herself immersed in the foster care system and living with her elderly grandmother. Life was on a good path for Ava, and her grandmother was preparing to legally adopt her.

Tragedy struck again when Ava’s grandmother died from cancer, leaving her future uncertain once more. NFC continued to search for and reach out to extended family to help Ava build connections she would need throughout her life.

Through one of those searches, NFC discovered an aunt and uncle who had lost touch with Ava over the years and who would happily welcome Ava into their home. After successfully passing the extensive home study and background checks, Ava could move in with her new family.

NFC wrapped services around Ava and her aunt and uncle to help with the transition. Her new family has been very supportive of Ava, helping her excel in high school. They are also working with Ava on setting future goals for college and beyond. Ava’s aunt and uncle also know how important is to her to stay connected with her two younger brothers, and were able to assist her in obtaining a part-time job at a local daycare where her two younger brothers attend.

Now she gets to spend time with them regularly. Through the ongoing support and services from NFC, Ava was successfully adopted in July 2017.

Ava’s future is bright and she has the promise of a forever family she deserves.

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Nebraska Families Collaborative promotes programs throughout the region to attract the best of the best.

OMAHA, (Neb.) Across the region, from Iowa to South Dakota and right here at home in Nebraska, Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) is working to attract talented individuals who are passionate about creating opportunities for children and families to thrive in our community.

For example, the University of South Dakota partners with NFC through an internship program and an annual lunch and learn with the Department of Social Work; The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Grace Abbott School of Social Work has teamed with Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as well as nonprofits like NFC to create the Child Welfare Cohort, providing a tuition-free, partially-online master’s degree program specifically for employees working in child welfare. NFC leaders are also working closely with the University of Nebraska Kearney, Creighton University, and Iowa State University to connect social work students with careers following graduation.

This concerted effort comes at a time when NFC is operating within 96 percent of state mandated caseload ratios, meaning that only five of its 149 family permanency specialists are exceeding their caseload limits.

Accomplishing that feat has not been easy. “It’s taken time to get to where we are today and we continue to recruit across Nebraska and the Midwest to bring the most talented people to our team so we can best serve kids and families in our community,” said Dave Newell, NFC president and CEO.

But it’s not just about recruiting. It is also about retaining excellent employees. NFC uses both traditional and not-so-traditional benefits to attract and retain employees. From the traditional – flexible work hours, student loan forgiveness and employee assistance programs – to the not-so-traditional such as on-site yoga, dog therapy, massage therapists and food trucks, NFC understand the stress that its employees can face and works to promote a healthy work environment.

“I am very proud to work for Nebraska Collaborative Families. We work together to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect,” said Judith Gutierrez, Liaison Coordinator for Culture. “We want to ensure that parents have a voice in decisions about their children and we work together to support the values, culture and language of all.”

For more information on working for NFC go to nebraskafc.org/careers.

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Teenager-with-cupcake-and-birthday-candle-2017Emily has been preparing for this day since last spring as a senior in high school – filling out her application form to get into college, completing her FAFSA form for financial aid, developing a budgeting system all with the help of Nebraska Families Collaborative’s Independent Living program in preparation of turning 19 and being on her own.

Today, Emily is one of 58 18-year-olds in the Foster Care System in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. She, like many others, will age out of the system on her 19th birthday.

“Last year we launched the Happy 19 campaign in an effort to bring awareness of the challenges teenagers or children with special needs face when they age out of the system at 19 and find themselves with little to no support,” said Dave Newell, NFC president and CEO. “As more of these young people approach their 19th birthday, we wanted to once again bring this issue to the attention of the general public.”

NFC’s Independent Living specialists, formed at NFC in February of 2017, serves young people like Emily, between the ages of 16 - 19 so that they’re prepared to be more self-sufficient when they age out of the system at 19.

“Regardless of where they go when they leave us, they’ll be better prepared and have the life skills they need to be successful,” said Crystal Aldmeyer, NFC Independent Living Supervisor.

At this time, NFC is serving 48 independent living youth. The goal is to serve between 60-75 independent living youth in the future.

Referrals for Independent Living all go through a program known as Project Everlast which then refers youth to NFC, Pals, Child Saving Institute (CSI) or Branching Out. Pals, CSI and Branching Out can serve a total of 240 youth. Last June, 2016, NFC had nearly 500 youth between the ages of 14-19 in its care. The reason NFC added the Independent Living program was to add additional space for independent living services. Currently Project Everlast has a waiting list for youth seeking independent living services.

NFC is a public-private partnership with the State of Nebraska. It works with its community partners to provide foster, kinship and group home care in Eastern Nebraska. As part of its role, NFC seeks to urges caring adults to consider adoption, especially the adoption of teenagers.
The theme of the campaign is “Help Us Make 19 Happy Once Again.” You or someone you know can be part of the solution to help reduce the number of children like Emily who find themselves without family support just as they turn 19.

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IMG 0093-editedNebraska Families Collaborative has recognized Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) CEO Karen Authier and Ruth Henrichs, president and CEO of Lutheran Family 

Services of Nebraska with the first Champion for Kids and Families Lifetime Service Award. The recognition came at the NFC Championship Luncheon held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 with featured speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas.

“Karen and Ruth have done so much in strengthening families and ensuring that Nebraska is a great place for children to grow up and thrive,” said David Newell, NFC president and CEO. “We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions.”

Authier, a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, has more than 30 years of experience in program development and replication, mental health services, and child welfare programs both nationally and in Nebraska. She has served at Lutheran Family Services, The Partners Network, Inc., Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as maintaining a private mental health practice. Authier also serves on the Nebraska Child Death Review Team, has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership in the field, was appointed by the Governor to the Nebraska Children's Commission and has presented numerous times at national conferences regarding child welfare and mental health.

Henrichs has served as president & CEO of Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of Nebraska (LFS) since 1984. Under her leadership, LFS has developed programs of immigration and refugee services, integrated health care, AmeriCorps volunteer services, mental health and substance use treatment, foster care, treatment for children who have been sexually abused, At Ease services for veterans, active military and their loved ones; and early intervention/prevention services for young parents at Centers for Healthy Families® in Fremont, North Omaha, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Henrichs is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest networks of human service organizations in the United States. She has also chaired the national Board of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Immanuel Board here in Omaha.

Both women have announced their retirements. Henrichs will retire December 31, 2017 and Authier will retire on September 30, 2017.

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Birthdays should be celebrations filled with cake, balloons and excitement for what’s to come. But for hundreds of foster teens in the Omaha metro each year, 19th birthdays are often filled with uncertainty, fear and feelings of abandonment. In the state of Nebraska, foster teens age out of the system at 19, often times left without support to navigate day-to-day life on their own.

We are celebrating Happy 19 during the month of September to help shine light on the need for adoptive families for teens in foster care right here in our community. You can be a part of the solution! Help us make 19 happy once again. 

Learn more and meet real Nebraska teens looking for foster families at https://nebraskafc.org/happy19.

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Mindland Voices, Omaha World-HeraldDave-4298
August 23, 2017

As a social worker and adoptive parent, I am often asked about the foster care system, foster kids and adoption. Is “The System” as terrible as what people hear about in the news?

I invariably start my answer with, “It’s complicated.”

I strongly believe that prevention is paramount to the safety, health and well-being of every child. In a perfect world, abuse and neglect wouldn’t exist, and there would be no need for foster care or child welfare systems. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so we must begin with the reality that some families need help.

About 5,000 children a year go through the child welfare system in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, with about 1,500 kids in foster care on any given day. Ninety-two percent of local foster kids are living in family-based care, and of these, 61 percent are living with relatives or adults who are known and loved by them.

While improvements have occurred within Nebraska’s child welfare system, it is still far from perfect. Children of color are removed from their families at significantly higher rates than Caucasian children, with Native Americans and African-Americans being the most over-represented groups in proportion to the general population.

About 25 percent of kids get “stuck” in foster care for two years or longer. The longer they linger in care, the greater their risk of developing emotional, developmental and health challenges. While most kids in foster care are safe, there are adult predators who target some for such crimes as human trafficking.

Even if a perfect foster care system could be created, it would still be traumatic for the children and families who go through it. There is no painless way of separating children from their families.

Foster kids and their families find themselves involuntarily flung into a system that expects them to change, even when it is often the system that needs to change to better meet their needs. At times, some professionals experience burnout and “toxic stress” that impairs their ability to empathize and numbs them to the painful process that kids and families are experiencing.

Most foster families and professionals are well-intentioned people, but unfortunately there is a small percentage of adults who violate the trust placed in them, and these tragedies, whether child deaths or horrific abuse, are heartbreaking when they occur.


The actions of a few cast a negative shadow over all foster parents and child welfare professionals, making it even more challenging to find people willing to take up those vital roles.

This year, Project Everlast, an initiative committed to providing resources and support to those “aging out” of the foster care system, partnered with the Rose Theater and nationally known performer and activist Daniel Beaty as part of a community engagement series to address the complex issues of the foster care system. Beaty facilitated workshops with current and former foster youths, foster parents and service workers to tell their stories and share their experiences with the foster care system.

The stories they shared revealed the challenges faced within the system by both youths and adults and the long-term effects that foster care can have on a person’s life. The transcripts from these workshops were used to create a script for a play, which will be performed Friday through Sunday by a professional cast of actors at the Rose Theater. Complimentary tickets are still available through Vic Gutman & Associates. Contact Laura at 402-345-5401, ext. 109 to reserve seats.

I remain optimistic about our ability to move Nebraska’s child welfare system to one that will both protect children and strengthen families. We must design systems of care that decrease the frequency of trauma inflicted when children are removed and isolated from the people and communities they love most.

My hope is that we will continue to work toward building a system that keeps kids safe and provides hope and healing for all of Nebraska’s children and families.

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OMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative has been notified by the Council on Accreditation (COA) that is has been reaccredited. This recognition demonstrates Nebraska Families Collaborative “continues to successfully implement high performance standards and delivers high-quality services” as a provider of child welfare services in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

The Council on Accreditation is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities). The COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health and community-based social services.

“Receiving a national accreditation by the COA is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to serving children and families with the highest quality of care,” says David Newell, the President and CEO of Nebraska Families Collaborative. “We would like to thank our employees and stakeholders who’ve supported us in successfully completing the reaccreditation process.”

The accreditation will be finalized within the next four weeks. For more information on the Council on Accreditation, visit http://coanet.org/home/.

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Dave-4298OMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative president and CEO, David Newell, CSW, ACSW, has been elected chairperson of the Nebraska Children’s Commission. Newell was reappointed to the board last July by Governor Pete Ricketts.

The Nebraska Children’s Commission was created by the Nebraska State Legislature in 2012 to devise a strategic plan for child welfare and juvenile justice systems and to work collaboratively with the three branches of government and community stakeholders to enhance programs to improve the safety and well-being of Nebraska’s children.

One of the original members appointed to the Commission, Newell said the Commission is focused on working to continue to improve Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems and improve the well-being of children and families across the State. Newell plans to visit all commission members across the State in their home communities to listen to their hopes and concerns regarding the commission’s current strategic plan.

“I am humbled to be elected as the Commission’s next chair,” said Newell. “I look forward to partnering with all Nebraskans in furthering the Commission’s important mission of strengthening families and ensuring that Nebraska is a great place for all of our kids to grow-up.”

Newell’s term runs until June 20, 2019.

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Join two of the leading experts on the topic of working together to achieve transformative outcomes.

OMAHA, (Neb.) Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and Tracy Wareing Evans, president and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association will explore the power of generative partnerships and the detailed evidence of what they can achieve at a presentation to be held at Boys Town. The event is open to the public.

WHO: Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Tracy Wareing Evans, president and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association

WHAT: Presentation on the Power of Generative Partnerships

WHEN: July 25, 2017
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Boys Town
National Headquarters Auditorium
14100 Crawford Street
Boys Town, NE 68010

WHY: Generative partnerships are something greater than collaborative efforts around single initiatives; their aim is something bigger and their potential impact can be transformative. Dreyfus and Wareing Evans will speak about the process of putting together a dynamic partnership in order to achieve true generative results.

RSVP: Registration is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Tracy Greymont at tgreymont@alliance1.org or (414) 359-6524, no later than Friday, July 14, to attend.

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Mutual of Omaha Supports Program During Take Your Child to Work Day.

OMAHA, (Neb.) Now in its fourth year, the Duffels 4 Dignity Drive, sponsored by Nebraska Families Collaborative, is raising money and awareness to offer foster kids something more than a trash bag to carry their personal belongings in during their transition into foster care. The program, which began in 2013, provides children with a new duffel bag filled with essential items such as shampoo, bar soap, a toothbrush and much more.

Mutual of Omaha took advantage of its recent “Take Your Child To Work Day” in June to teach approximately 100 12-year-old children of Mutual of Omaha employees the importance of giving. Mutual identified NFC’s Duffels 4 Dignity program as its volunteer project and the children spent part of their day at work decorating bags that will then be donated to the program.

The 2017 Duffels 4 Dignity Drive runs throughout the month of July. A donation of $25 will help ensure a child receives essential items in his or her duffel bag. To learn more or to donate, visit nebraskafc.org/duffels-for-dignity.

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Eve Bleyhl of The Nebraska Family Support Network joins NFC’s Board of Directors

Eve-Headshot-WebOMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC), contracted by the State of Nebraska to provide case management and service coordination for children and families involved in the child welfare system in Douglas and Sarpy counties, is pleased to announce the appointment of Eve Bleyhl, Executive Director for The Nebraska Family Support Network (NFSN) to its board of directors.

Bleyhl replaces Dan Jackson as the Executive Director of NFSN and will serve on the NFC Board of Directors.

Bleyhl has a M.S. in Urban Studies from UNO with a graduate concentration in Counseling. She has worked in the helping field for over 25 years in a variety of roles ranging from Program Coordinator for Out of School Youth at Metropolitan College to Certified Vocational Counselor with Conway Rehab to Executive Director of NAMI Nebraska and prior Executive Director of the Nebraska Family Support Network (NFSN). Bleyhl returned to work for NFSN in January 2016 as Program Manager and loves being back working with the peer support model she deeply believes in.

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Nebraska Families Collaborative is hosting our first annual "Freshen Up for School" Aftercare Event! This back-to-school event is for our 350+ active Aftercare children to prep for the new school year by providing them with personal hygiene products, new socks and underwear, and haircuts. You can help us raise money for this great event! Here's how:

Attend any public Paint Nite Event! It's simple! First, find an event you want to attend near you on Paint Nite. Then, use our fundraiser code, VF-2017BTS, at checkout and Paint Nite will donate $15 for every ticket bought with our code between now and July 15th.

Unable to attend a Paint Nite event? You can still help support our cause by making a donation to the "Freshen Up for School" Aftercare Event. Click here to make a donation today! 

All money raised will be used for this year's "Freshen Up for School" Aftercare Event. Thank you for your support!

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Black-Teen-Boy-Close-Up-2015Johnathan came into the foster care system when he was very young. He was adopted by his grandmother and then reentered the system when he was 12 years old. He had been placed in out-of-home care for five years in a variety of settings including hospitals, group homes, foster homes, and out-of-state placements.

Johnathan always talked about what it would be like to live in a family home instead of a group home. He dreamt of what it’d be like to learn how to cook dinner or go fishing. However, Johnathan had personal struggles that prevented him from many of these activities.

Nebraska Families Collaborative and its network of providers were able to come together to help Johnathan and his mother mend their relationship. Over time, they began to participate in family therapy where Johnathan was able to focus on his personal challenges and further restore his relationship with his mother. Through these sessions, Johnathan and his mother were able to overcome many obstacles that once kept them apart.

Based on the progress made, Johnathan’s team began talking about reunification. Yet, there were still barriers preventing Johnathan from returning home to his mother.

The family’s team of professionals collaborated and found solutions to overcome all of these barriers. Through the support of his team, Johnathan was also able to advocate for himself and used the therapeutic skills put in place to make the decision that he wanted to return home to his mother.

Through time, Johnathan and his mother were able to spend long visits together and he returned home permanently in April 2017. Johnathan is very happy now and continues to share his progress with his professional supports.

At this time, Johnathan has settled in to his new home. He recently graduated from high school, has started a summer job, and loves being outdoors.

Johnathan has begun to make long lasting relationships within his new community. In a few months, Johnathan’s family will no longer be involved in the juvenile court system, but many of the relationships and supports formed will continue.

Johnathan and his mother will also continue to work on their relationship, but with the support of his extended family, community, and case professionals, he has everything he needs to be successful.

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Douglas and Sarpy Counties account for a huge portion of the total child welfare cases in Nebraska — just under half. These complex cases — more than 5,000 annually in the two counties — involve vulnerable children facing serious conditions at home.

In many instances, children are removed from home for reasons including neglect, parental drug use or physical abuse.

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ogprofileOmaha Gives! is a year-round online giving platform organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. Each year, there is a 24-hour online giving event in May to celebrate nonprofits. This year's giving day will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24-hours to give as much as possible to support the work of nonprofits in the metro area. 

On May 24, we’ll give you a dozen reasons to donate to NFC with our #12ReasonsToGive campaign, highlighting stories of real Nebraska children & families we’re helping because of your support. Schedule your donation today, and make sure to watch our social media on May 24 to learn how your gift will make a real impact for children and families in Nebraska.

The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Last year, the community raised nearly $9 million for local nonprofits!

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DaveReedOMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC), contracted by the State of Nebraska to provide case management and service coordination for children and families involved in the child welfare system in Douglas and Sarpy counties, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Reed, Executive Director for Nebraska to its board of directors.

Reed replaces Lisa Batenhorst, vice president for Youth Care Site Operations as one of the NFC board’s Boys Town representative.

Reed holds a master of social work in counseling from the University of Kansas and has been with Boys Town for 22 years in a variety of roles. In his current position he oversees In-Home Family Services, Foster Family Services, Common Sense Parenting, Central Nebraska and East Omaha Behavioral Health Clinics, the Grand Island Intervention and Assessment program, the Duncan Day School alternative education program, the South Omaha Community Impact Initiative, and the Nebraska Family Helpline. In 2016 the Nebraska site impacted more than 9500 children statewide.

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Midland Voices, Omaha World-HeraldKathy
April 18, 2017

The writer is a longtime children’s advocate, former foster parent and founder of Voices for Children in Nebraska. She serves on the board of the Nebraska Families Collaborative.

In March, the Nebraska Children’s Commission announced the release of the Nebraska Child Welfare Blueprint Report, authored by ChildFocus, a national consulting group with expertise in child welfare.

The report provided a 15-year child welfare historical timeline of progress and setbacks, as well as recommendations about what Nebraska could do to strengthen its system of care, based on interviews with child welfare stakeholders.

As a lifelong advocate for children and families, I was heartened by the positive developments the report highlighted, especially the collaborative efforts of the Nebraska Legislature, the judicial branch, the executive branch and the private/community sector to implement a series of reforms. This is an example of “Nebraska nice,” where stakeholders come together with the purpose of improving outcomes for children and families and allowing time for new initiatives to produce positive results.

The Blueprint Report noted that while not all initiatives were successful at first, they often resulted in positive changes later as a result of stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

For example, when Nebraska passed the Safe Haven bill in 2007, the new law unintentionally created a crisis as struggling parents began abandoning their kids to the child welfare system.

While it took time to address this crisis, many positive changes emerged, most notably the public recognition that Nebraska needed to do a better job of supporting its families.

Much work remains, but some positive outcomes included the creation of the Nebraska Family Helpline and Right Turn as part of an overall plan to better assist and support families.

In 2009, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services launched an initiative to move care coordination and case management services to private “lead agencies.” While I have long supported the concept of public-private partnerships, I did not support this initiative. It was launched without adequate planning, funding, time or stakeholder support to successfully result in such a large statewide system change.

I feared there would be many challenges for kids and families due to the systemic crisis I thought would occur. Unfortunately, many of those fears came true.

However, those challenges prompted stakeholders to work together to address the needs that came to light, in much the same way as what happened as a result of the Safe Haven law.

All of Nebraska’s stakeholders, particularly in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, came together to learn from past mistakes. They began building a better and more dependable child welfare system for kids and families, with a greater focus on achieving long-term family stability.

As a result, we saw the state’s public-private hybrid child welfare system achieve all six of the federal performance measures in 2016; a significant improvement in foster parent reimbursement rates; and adequate funding levels for child welfare services for the first time in the state’s history.

In addition, the Nebraska Children’s Commission and the Child Welfare Office of the Inspector General were created to increase stakeholder collaboration, planning and accountability in the child welfare system.

Nebraska’s child welfare system is still far from perfect, and many challenges remain that will require careful planning, adequate public funding and effective action. But the Blueprint Report gives us reason to be optimistic, and I am encouraged for the future of our families.

As Nebraska’s many child and family care organizations and agencies continue to work together for the good of all kids, there is nothing to prevent our state from being the best place to grow up for all kids.

Nebrask Child Welfare Blueprint Report - March 2017

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Pinwheel-Plant-2017April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month. More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse, many under the age of four. It's important for communities to work together to raise awareness and play a role in helping prevent child abuse. Visit the Boys Town website to learn some of the indicators of abuse. 

One way to bring awareness is Pinwheels for Prevention, Prevent Child Abuse. Nebraska Families Collaborative participated again this year in planting blue and silver pinwheels outside of our office building in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April. You'll notice blue and silver pinwheels around many communities this month recognizing this national awareness effort. Learn more about Pinwheels for Prevention by visiting the Prevent Child Abuse America webpage.

Working together, we can help children locally and all across our country. 

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