STATEMENT – Passing Child Welfare Reform bill LB 1078 is important step to curb abuse within foster care system

***For Immediate Release***
March 29, 2018

 

Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Email: jsheldon@neappleseed.org

 

Appleseed Statement on passage of Child Welfare Reform bill LB 1078

Bill takes important steps to curb abuse within foster care system and protect youth

 

LINCOLN — Thursday, Nebraska Appleseed Child Welfare Director Sarah Helvey released the following statement on the Legislature’s Final Reading vote to pass LB 1078, a child welfare reform bill introduced by State Sen. Sue Crawford:

 

“Passing LB 1078 is an excellent step forward to improve the safety and well-being of children and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system and an important statement of accountability to those charged with the responsibility of keeping our kids safe,” Helvey said. “Investigations released last year by the Office of Inspector General for Nebraska Child Welfare showed more oversight and accountability within the foster care system is sorely needed. By voting overwhelmingly to pass this bill in all three rounds of debate, State Senators have sent a clear message that they agree.

“It must be our state’s highest priority to keep youth who experience our foster care system safe. LB 1078 will increase the reporting and requirements on cases of abuse within the foster care system, and passed with important amendments to ensure children who are removed from their homes are able to maintain sibling and family connections whenever possible. We thank the State Senators who voted ‘Yes’ on this bill and urge Governor Ricketts to sign it into law without delay.”

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