Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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.
Nebraska Moving Toward Family First Act Contracts
Earlier this week, Nebraska Division of Children and Family Services issued two requests for qualifications (RFQs) for potential providers of services under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The RFQs asked for proposals on Evidence-Based In-Home Parenting Skills Services and Evidence-Based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
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 Gets Proactive in Prepping for Family First Act
Nebraska is getting a jump start on embracing the Family First Prevention Services Act, an overhaul of federal child welfare funding that was passed in February. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosted a kick-off meeting in mid-June marking the start of the state’s efforts to implement the law, which helps the state serve families at risk of having their children placed in foster care while limiting federal support for most congregate care placements to two weeks.
Report Highlights Race Disproportionality in Nebraska’s Foster Care System
Note: This article was updated on June 19. Black and Native American children are vastly overrepresented in Nebraska’s foster care system, according to a report issued this month by the state’s Foster Care Review Office (FCRO).
Nebraska Uses Tech to Link Churchgoers to Child Welfare
Many times, people express interest in helping at-risk families or kids in foster care, but they aren’t necessarily prepared to become a foster parent. In Nebraska, a new partnership is helping connect individuals in the faith community with families that may be struggling in their own community to offer assistance such as furniture and household items or help with rent and other expenses related to raising children.
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.
Nebraska Officials Respond to Report of Sexual Abuse in State’s Child Welfare System
Sen. Kate Bolz (D-Nebraska) said last week that she intends to seek a legislative resolution to establish an oversight committee over Nebraska’s child welfare system, which is dealing with the fallout of a report about the sexual abuse of kids in foster care.