STATEMENT: Youth in Care Bill of Rights strengthens the rights of youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems

***For Immediate Release***
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Contact: Magdalena Cazarez
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119
C: (402) 504-0074
mcazarez@neappleseed.org

Introduction of Nebraska’s first Youth in Care Bill of Rights in the right direction

Legislative bill 941 protects the rights of youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems

 

Lincoln — On Monday, Senator Megan Hunt introduced legislative bill 941, Youth in Care Bill of Rights. Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Sr. Program Coordinator Becca Brune issued the following statement in response:

“We’re excited to show our support for the Nebraska Youth in Care Bill of Rights this session. This legislation was crafted with the input of over 20 advocates with direct foster care and juvenile justice experience in Lincoln, Omaha, and Fremont, through focus group conversations,  about what rights should be included, protected, and enforced. This Bill of Rights includes rights to ensure youth in care are receiving services, staying connected to their families, and being supported as they prepare to transition into adulthood. LB 941 also requires youth are made aware of their rights and strengthens the system for reporting when these rights are not being met. We thank Senator Hunt for her time spent with these young people over the interim, and her commitment to youth voice and the enforcement of their rights.”

 

Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Fellow Bobbi Taylor is an advocate for Nebraska’s youth and families navigating the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She played an integral role in the creation of this legislation, speaking on her own experiences and those of other system-involved youth to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge of their rights so they can advocate for themselves. She issued the following statement in response:

“When we see oppression we must eradicate it, and this bill would give young people in the foster care and juvenile justice systems the opportunity to advocate for themselves. LB 941 will hold these systems accountable to ensure young people’s rights are upheld, and that the parties responsible for their success are adamant in providing the services and support they need to succeed.”

 

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  2 Replies to “STATEMENT: Youth in Care Bill of Rights strengthens the rights of youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems”

  1. Lisa Tietsort
    01/23/2020 at 12:17 am

    This is terrific news. I feel such relief from reading this article. Thank you. Lisa Tietsort

  2. Carla Bobczynski
    01/30/2020 at 11:03 pm

    This was a long time coming. Thank you so for making these children human and persevering, on our children’s behalf. The Youth in Care “Bill Of Rights” is a phenomenal piece of legislation.

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