Author: Robert McEwen

STATEMENT: Ensuring all Nebraskans are counted and represented

***For Immediate Release*** Thursday, June 27, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Ensuring all Nebraskans are counted and represented Supreme Court rules a citizenship question cannot go forward before a legally justifiable reason is presented. LINCOLN – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling questioning the administration’s justifications for adding… Read more →

Overcrowding and understaffing are dangerous combination in Nebraska prisons

In August 2017, Appleseed joined the ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU National Prison Project, the National Association for the Deaf, and other legal partners in a federal lawsuit against the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services over inhumane, dangerous conditions in Nebraska’s prisons. Since that time, our staff attorneys have continued to aid in the lawsuit’s progress, focusing on the insufficient… Read more →

We’re taking a stand against the human rights violations in our state prisons

No Nebraskan should ever have to suffer cruel and unusual punishment; we’re a state that cares about its people. Yet across Nebraska, incarcerated people are subjected to severe human rights violations in our prison system. That’s why we’re working with the ACLU of Nebraska on a federal lawsuit against the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services over unlawful conditions of confinement… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – December 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Nebraska Appleseed’s Agenda of Opportunity Court Opinions: In re Interest of Nettie F. Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Foster Care Reform Update Survey, Alternative Response Know Your Rights Guide POLICY SPOTLIGHT Nebraska Appleseed’s Agenda of Opportunity This week at Nebraska Appleseed, we released our 2017 “Agenda of Opportunity,” a series of local, state, and… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – November 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Interim Study Examines Nebraska’s Age of Majority Court Opinions: In re Interest of Antonio J. et al Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Interim Study Examines Nebraska’s Age of Majority An interim study hearing was held on November 15th with members from the Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees to… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – October 31, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Legislative Resolution Hearings Court Opinions: In re Interest of Jameson S. et al., In re Interest of Angeleah M. and Ava M. Legislative Actions: Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Legislative Resolution Hearings As the 2017 Nebraska Legislative Session approaches, legislative resolution hearings… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – September 29, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: OIG 2015-2016 Annual Report Released Court Opinions: In re Interest of Cristalyla. et al., In re Interest of Julia D., In re Interest of Jaina W. et al. Legislative Actions: Federal Legislative Update, Nebraska Interim Studies Announcements: CLE Webinar, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT OIG 2015-2016 Annual Report Released The Office of Inspector General of Nebraska… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update

POLICY SPOTLIGHT New Social Security Income Policy Supports Youth Aging Out of Foster Care As advocates and attorneys working with youth aging out of the foster care system, more can often be done to support their transition by navigating public benefit programs. Many of these youth are living with disabilities that may qualify them for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – June, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Family First Prevention Services Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Mitoria R. and Cortez T. Legislative Actions: 2016 Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The Family First Prevention Services Act After much anticipation in the child welfare community, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (HR 5456) was introduced as a bipartisan… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – May 2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Foster Care Hackathon Court Opinions: In re Interest of Sebastian D. & Lillian-Jo D., In re Interest of Abbie L. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills and Interim Studies Announcements: Free CLE Webinar, Volunteers needed: Camp Catch-Up, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Foster Care Hackathon May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge… Read more →

The Fosters Season Recap: Not all “foster care advocates” are bad

Warning: This blog contains spoilers about this season of The Fosters   After a long hiatus, we are back blogging about the hit Freeform show, “The Fosters.” Since we last left you, there have been many changes with our favorite T.V. foster family. On a show that deals with almost every topic you could imagine (cancer, the sex offender registry,… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: The Family First Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Jackson E., In re Interest of My’Kyng K., In re Interest of Alec S. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The Family First Act The Family First Act is proposed federal legislation that may soon be introduced, by Senate… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update 03/01/2016

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: H.R. 4472 – Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act Court Opinions: In re Interest of Tavian B., In re Interest of Precious H. & Blut Law La H., In re Interest of Miah T. & DeKandyce H. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Camp Catch-Up, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – January 2016

IN THIS ISSUE   Policy Spotlight: 104th Legislative Session Court Opinions: In re Interest of Dante S. Legislative Actions: 2016 Child Welfare Legislative Bills Announcements: Introduced Legislation Chart, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT The 2nd session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature began on January 6, 2015. Here are a few of the bills that Nebraska Appleseed will be monitoring closely this… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – December 22, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Recent Education Reforms Protect Foster Youth Court Opinions: In re Interest of Gavin S. and Jordan S., In re Interest of Grace H. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Recent Education Reforms Protect Foster Youth This month, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (S.1177),… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – November 30, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Memorial March to Honor Lost Children Court Opinions: In re Interest of Mya C. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Ethics CLE, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Memorial March to Honor Lost Children Last Wednesday, advocates for Native American children led the 13th annual Memorial March to Honor Our Lost Children in Sioux City.… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – October 30, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE Policy Spotlight: Letting Kids Be Kids: The Implementation of the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska Court Opinions: In re Interest of Joseph S. et al., In Re Interest of Enyce J. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Interim Studies Announcements: Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative Lecture Series 2015, Appleseed Blog POLICY SPOTLIGHT Letting Kids Be Kids: The Implementation… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – August 2015

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska Court Opinions: No cases this issue Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Good Apple Awards, Appleseed Blog Policy Spotlight Implementing the Strengthening Families Act in Nebraska This month, a group of Nebraska stakeholders including youth, foster parents, and other advocates convened to develop recommendations regarding Nebraska’s… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update 07/27/2015

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: Court victory allows children access to vital behavioral health treatments Court Opinions: In re Interest of Trenton W. et al., In re Interest of Jassenia H., In re Interest of Jahon S., In re Interest Estrellita L., In re Interest Lindsey W. & Victoria W. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Interim Studies Announcements: Appleseed Blog… Read more →

Celebrating team effort in big children’s health victory

On June 30, a great legal victory for Nebraska children’s health was won when a Lancaster County District Court handed down a ruling in the case of K.D./S.L. v. Winterer. The Court ruled children who are in the Medicaid program should have access to certain medically necessary behavioral and mental health treatments – treatments their doctors have prescribed and that… Read more →

Foster Care Reform Update – June 2015

In This Issue Policy Spotlight: 2015 Child Welfare Legislative Recap Court Opinions: In re Interest of Monty S. and Teresa S. v. Jason W. and Rebecca W., In re Interest of Zanaya W., In re Interest of Nery V. Legislative Actions: 2015 Child Welfare Bills Announcements: Appleseed at Urban Abbey, Appleseed Blog Policy Spotlight 2015 Child Welfare Legislative Recap The first… Read more →

Legislative hearing discusses ways to improve disparity of Native children in foster care

The high rate of Native American children removed from their homes by Nebraska’s foster care system continues to be a concern. In Nebraska, Native children represent 1 in every 10 children in the foster care system.  That’s 10 percent, which is drastically higher than the percentage of our state’s population that identify as Native American (1.5 percent).  That’s an alarming… Read more →