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May 2, 2024


From the Policy Desk...

May is National Foster Care Month, and this year's theme is “Engaging Youth. Building Supports. Strengthening Opportunities.” The goal of the month is to raise awareness about authentic youth engagement, the importance of life-long connections, and how to best support youth as they transition out of foster care.

An effective child welfare system should strengthen families and minimize trauma through timely and appropriate action, prioritizing families strengths and ensuring that when removal is necessary, children retain ties to their family, culture, and community. Best practices are to keep children with extended family or other trusted adults,    

Did you know that in Nebraska in 2022...

-5,341 children received out-of-home services for at least some part of the year;

-54.2% of children in foster care were placed with relatives or kin;

-82% of children were in a placement with at least one of their siblings, but only 62% were placed with all their siblings; and 

-20.8 months was the mean length of time children spent in out-of-home placement, but 35.5% of American Indian children in care and 40.8% of Black children in care spent more than 25 months before exiting care? 

As a state, we can still do more to ensure that children aren't removed into care unnecessarily - and in those cases where it is needed for safety, that children entering foster care are placed with family or trusted kin, with their siblings, and don't linger in out of home placements. 

VFC at the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association Conference

Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator Nia shares information and opportunities for young people and professionals alike to connect with Voices at the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association annual conference.  Policy Coordinator Katie is a presenter later today, sharing youth perspectives from our fall fellowship on chronic absenteeism, truancy, and system response. 


Voices for Children Honors Working Caregivers on May Day! 

Children thrive when their parents are able to take time to care for their health, which is why Voices for Children is a proud supporter of the Paid Sick Leave for Nebraskans initiative! Take the time to get involved or sign the petition today: www.paidsickleavefornebraskans.org 

Get Your 2023 Kids Count in Nebraska Reports!

The Kids Count in Nebraska Report, produced annually, provides pertinent information on the well-being of children in areas of health, education, economic stability, child welfare and juvenile justice.

If you haven't gotten yours yet or would like to schedule a Kids Count in Nebraska presentation for your group, please contact Josh! You can also access a pdf of the report on the front page of our website. A fully updated Kids Count NEteractive page is under construction and coming soon! 


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