Category: Child Welfare

Spring 2021 Interns & Clerks

Meet Appleseed’s Spring 2021 Interns, Fellows, and Clerks

Each semester, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We’re excited to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation virtually! Meet the outstanding Nebraskans who dedicate their time to positive change in our communities. We’re also excited… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Essential protections for essential Nebraskans

We are in the final weeks of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while the Judiciary committee’s hearing schedule will end on Friday, March 12th. All-day floor debate begins the week of March 15th, focusing primarily on senators’ priority bills for the session. Learn more about Appleseed’s priority bills on our blog.… Read more →

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice

2021 priority bills for Nebraska families, communities, and racial justice Each legislative session presents an opportunity to bring long-lasting positive change for our communities.  Your voice is important in ensuring that we are building a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive Nebraska. Here is how you can safely advocate during hearings, and you can always call or email your senator to share… Read more →

Testifying

Advocating for food security and against harmful voting restrictions

We continued to testify on several bills during hearings last week, including those on paid leave, child care subsidies, and more equitable access for young adults in the Bridge to Independence program. As we noted last week, we are inching closer to the end of all-day hearings. Every committee but Judiciary will wrap up hearings on Thursday, March 4th, while… Read more →

Testifying

Critical supports for Nebraska families and youth being heard this week

The Legislature continued its intense pace of hearings last week and Appleseed testified on a number of meaningful bills related to housing, child welfare, and immigration. Speaker Hilgers provided a snapshot of the next month, noting that all-day hearings for all committees except Judiciary will end on Thursday, March 4th. The Judiciary Committee will wrap up hearings on Friday, March… Read more →

Access to school meals legislation and more housing bills up this week

Last week, Appleseed testified in support of a number of bills that will make positive impacts across our state. There are several more hearings up this week that Appleseed and others will be participating in too. All-day hearings will continue through at least the end of February and floor debate will resume once hearings wrap up. Your voice is vital… Read more →

Child walking

Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color

Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color Continuing the series, Challenging Racial Inequities in the Child Welfare System, with the article, Black Families Matter: How the Child Welfare System Punishes Poor Families of Color, both authors, Dorothy Roberts and Lisa Sangoi, share a convincing argument of just how brutal this system is against brown… Read more →

Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Reflection, and Education

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, and here at Nebraska Is Home, we like to think of this as a day on rather than a day off of work. It’s a day of service, reflection, and education, as we commit ourselves to fostering a welcoming Nebraska, where everyone feels they belong – no matter their background or country… Read more →

Protect the hands who feed you

Advocating for essential worker protections, expanding services to youth, and more

Since bill introduction started on Thursday, the Nebraska Legislature has introduced over 300 pieces of legislation. Senators are able to introduce bills through January 20th. So far, we’ve seen legislation put forward to address the lack of essential worker protections, expand access to supportive resources and services for young people, fight food insecurity in our communities, and more. Advocating for… Read more →

2021 Nebraska Legislative Session begins today!

Today is Day 1 of the 2021 legislative session. Nebraska senators will start the year by introducing new bills on a number of issues, including legislation to address the stark inequities within our systems that have been further exposed during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Nebraska Appleseed Priorities for 2021 Together with you, we will be advocating for meaningful change… Read more →

Emergency COVID-19 Relief is Only a Start

After months of negotiations, Congress has passed an emergency COVID-19 relief package that will provide urgently needed support to Nebraskans. While the passage of this long-awaited relief will provide direct payments, housing assistance, increased support for many families, and more, this bill still falls short of meeting the level of need in our Nebraska communities. Along with a large spending… Read more →

RELEASE: Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext. 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  Child Welfare Case Management in the Eastern Service Area Causes Concerns for Stability and Equity All youth and families in Nebraska’s child welfare system deserve stability and equitable access to supportive services and care Lincoln, NE —… Read more →

Child walking

Challenging Racial Inequities in the Child Welfare System

Black women are disproportionately affected by racial biases I’m Cornelius Levering, program coordinator for our Child Welfare program. The year 2020 has exposed the racial and economic inequities embedded into our society due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we must recognize these stark inequities, this is not new. In 2021, we plan to dive deeper into the evolution of the… Read more →

Time is running out. Congress must act to stop evictions

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Nebraska, and so do the number of evictions. In Douglas & Lancaster counties, over 200 eviction hearings have been scheduled, even when most other types of hearings have been shut down. Families with young children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are packed into courtrooms to fend off an… Read more →

Recommended Allocation of Remaining CARES Funds

Recommended Allocation of Remaining CARES Funds Recently, Governor Ricketts announced another round of CARES funded grant programs to help address the ongoing disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This round of funding includes $48.5 million in support for non-profits and direct service providers, as well as another $25 million for businesses and ag producers who have not yet received assistance.… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes Child Welfare Program Coordinator Cornelius Levering

Help us welcome Cornelius Levering to the Appleseed team! Cornelius’ pronouns are he/him/his. As the Child Welfare Program Coordinator, he works with grassroots leaders and key community partners to promote positive change and better policies to ensure children and families navigating Nebraska’s child welfare system receive the resources they need to strengthen families. “I look forward to advocating for policies… Read more →

Meet Appleseed’s 2020 Fall Interns and Law Clerks

Each year, Appleseed is fortunate to work with bright, talented, and dedicated interns and law clerks who are passionate about fighting for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Although we have had to adjust the way we work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to have interns and clerks join our team from across the nation! Meet some of… Read more →

Appleseed welcomes new Weitz Fellow Mika Takamori!

Mika Takamori recently joined Appleseed as the new Weitz Fellow. In the midst of the pandemic, she graduated from Carleton College with a Studio Art degree and a History minor. She has lived in a few cities including Tokyo, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and is excited to now be exploring Lincoln!   She is passionate about figuring out how to… Read more →

Congress

TAKE ACTION: Support Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Many of the essential protections in the CARES Act, passed in March, have now expired, yet  Nebraskans continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, the Senate has yet to act to provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx communities who have… Read more →

Unicameral

2020 Wrap Up: Legislature adjourns sine die

Last Thursday, the Legislature adjourned sine die. They will not officially return until the start of a new legislative session in January. The last few days were filled with farewells to term-limited senators and final votes on remaining bills on final reading. Appleseed saw a few of our priority bills pass last week, too, and those bills have since been… Read more →

The FFCRA: Back-to-School Edition

Paid leave available for some working parents with children out of school or childcare due to COVID-19 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was the first aid package passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA contains paid leave provisions related to the pandemic. The provision that has gotten the most attention provides expanded paid sick… Read more →

Unicameral

We (still) need essential protections for essential workers

Yesterday, the Nebraska Legislature returned to session with now less than 16 days remaining to address the many issues impacting Nebraskans this year. You can find today’s legislative agenda here. Take Action: Essential protections for essential meat and poultry workers For the last several months, we have experienced the drastic impacts COVID-19 has had on meatpacking workers – our family… Read more →

TAKE ACTION: Tell Nebraska’s U.S. Senators to Pass Crucial COVID-19 Relief

Over two months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which closed gaps in previous relief measures to further support families and communities as they continue to confront the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is far past time for the Senate to act to provide critical and inclusive relief to thousands of Nebraskans, including Black and Latinx… Read more →

A message from our Collective Impact Lincoln: Black Lives Matter.

Dear neighbors, Collective Impact Lincoln was created in the spirit of listening to and learning from our neighbors, connecting Lincolnites to resources and power structures within our city, and helping foster resident-led change. As we mourn the death of George Floyd and, most recently, James Scurlock of Omaha, we stand with you to say Black lives matter. We know the… Read more →