With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation
With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a Supreme Court challenge, states have enacted their own versions to protect Indigenous families from separation.
Reports: States Hoard Billions in Welfare Funds Despite Growing Need
Maine, Nebraska and Tennessee are among the states that have collectively been hoarding billions intended to help low-income families.
State Watchdog Says Nebraska Should Break Contract for Case Management
A state watchdog says Nebraska should cancel the remainder of its contract with child welfare case management provider, Saint Francis Ministries.
Nebraska, Emerging Leader on Moving Child Welfare Upstream, Submits Family First Plan
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosted a press conference yesterday announcing the submission of its five-year Family First Prevention Services plan to the federal government next week.
Indian Country and Allies Say Goodbye to ‘Hero’ Frank LaMere
As his friend lay dying, Dennis Carlson sat beside his bed and listened to him one last time. The two men had climbed mountains together, fought for justice in dusty, forgotten places, and talked for hours over strong coffee and warm food.
Family First Preparation Helps Nebraska Respond to March Disaster
It’s been one month since the bomb cyclone swept Nebraska’s Great Plains, leaving a devastating path of ice, snow and flooding. The state’s governor called it “the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state’s history,” with estimates of damages in the billions.
Nebraska Honored for its Proactive Approach to Reaching Families Early
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was honored this month by a state charity for its efforts to proactively help low-income families access state benefits. DHHS was the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award, given out each year by the Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach Center (MTKO), a Lincoln-based nonprofit with a mission to prevent hunger and homeless.
Arizona in Favor of Family First Prevention Services Act
States were caught by surprise by this week’s resurgence of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which offers a significant restructuring of the multi-billion dollar federal entitlement for child welfare.
Nebraska Notes Increase of Adoptions from Foster Care
Last year 538 adoptions were finalized in Nebraska, according to an announcement from Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last week. That number was only exceeded on other year – 2008, when 572 adoptions were finalized.