Last Thursday, six national child welfare experts met with nearly 100 local stakeholders for a Child Welfare Forum focusing on evidence-based practice in prevention and early intervention.
After testifying at the Legislature interim study in the morning, the team of experts provided information in an afternoon session on best practices and what is working across the country.
Attendees also met in three break-out sessions on assessment, financing, and evidence-based practice, and the presenters facilitated small groups in providing “considerations” on notecards for the Children’s Commission on these issues. (Check our website soon for the list of considerations developed during the break-outs.)
Nebraska’s child welfare system has an opportunity moment now to plan and create a system that truly meets the needs of families and improves the well-being of children. We believe that truly requires the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders and hope this conversation continues in various ways in Nebraska in the months ahead.
The forum was hosted by Nebraska Appleseed and sponsored by the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), which is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.