Category: Child Welfare

Foster Care Awareness Month: Bring Hope

Note: This is a guest post from Nedhal Al-kazahy, Nebraska Appleseed’s former Child Welfare Youth Fellow. Hey all, I’m back! As many of yall know, it’s foster care awareness month so let’s talk about foster care. For those of you that have been following my blogs, you know that I was in foster care for 14 years and I have… Read more →

Ensure no one is left behind during Omaha Gives and Give to Lincoln Day

This May, you have two great opportunities to support Appleseed and ensure no one in our communities is left behind amid COVID-19. First, we’re celebrating Omaha Gives on Wednesday, May 20. When you give, a generous supporter will match the first $5,000 donated, dollar-for-dollar. Schedule your gift here now through May 20 and DOUBLE your donation! A week later, we’re… Read more →

Workers

Weekly Update: We must include all Americans in the pandemic response

Meatpacking outbreaks highlight immediate need to protect workers As meatpacking plants in Nebraska become the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak, the struggles faced by the workers inside are becoming increasingly apparent and alarming. Many face a difficult choice: go to work and risk exposing yourself and your family, or stay at home with no pay. This crisis has deepened… Read more →

¡Todos contamos! De cómo las familias y jóvenes en cuidados alternativos pueden completar el censo juntos.

Nebraska sigue siendo líder en el país para el censo, entre los estados con más cuestionarios completados, y necesitamos su ayuda para mantener este nivel de respuestas. Eso, especialmente cuando estamos contando las comunidades que son frecuentemente menos reportadas, incluyendo los jóvenes en cuidados alternativos, como ‘foster care’. Es muy importante contar a los jóvenes – éstas estadísticas son usadas… Read more →

We Count! How foster families can complete the census together

Nebraska is currently one of the top states in the nation for census self-response, and we need your help to keep that up, especially in counting communities that often go under-reported, including youth in foster care. Counting children in the 2020 census is so important – these statistics will be used to determine how billions of dollars will be allocated… Read more →

¡Todos Contamos! Juntos podemos asegurarnos de contar a nuestras comunidades

¡Todos Contamos! Juntos podemos asegurarnos de contar a nuestras comunidades Bienvenido de nuevo a “Todos Contamos”, una serie corta centrada en la construcción del poder comunitario y el compromiso cívico en Nebraska. La Oficina del Censo ha comenzado a enviar cartas con información sobre cómo completar el censo en línea. ¿Ha completado el suyo? Sabemos que estos son tiempos inciertos… Read more →

We Count! Together, let’s make sure our communities are counted

We Count! Nebraska is #1 in the nation for census self-response Welcome back to “We Count,” a short series focused on building community power and civic engagement in Nebraska. The Census Bureau has begun sending out letters with information on how to fill out the census online — have you completed yours?  We know that these are uncertain and challenging… Read more →

COVID-19 Resources for Older Youth in the Child Welfare System

COVID-19 Resources for Families and Older Youth in the Child Welfare System While there are many concerns to be addressed during this unprecedented time for families at risk of entering the child welfare system as well as those already system-involved, there are resources available for young people who have aged out of the foster care system in Nebraska.  The Children’s… Read more →

¡Todos Contamos! El Poder de Participación

¡Todos Contamos! El Poder de Participación ¡Bienvenidos a “Nosotros Contamos,” una serie enfocada en desarrollar poder comunitario y participación cívica en Nebraska! El censo de 2020 se acerca y necesitamos su ayuda para asegurar que recibimos los fondos, la representación y la información que reflejan las comunidades creciendo en Nebraska.  El censo es importante porque… ¡Hay poder en participar! Por… Read more →

Nebraska Appleseed’s priorities for the 2020 legislative session

Fighting for justice and opportunity for all at the Nebraska Legislature We are now more than half-way through the 2020 Nebraska legislative session. Senators have chosen their priority bills and several of Nebraska Appleseed’s priorities made the list! You can find the complete list of priority bills here.  The following list of bills is a snapshot of key legislation we’ve… Read more →

2020 Legislative Update: It’s time for hearings, hearings, and more hearings!

The Nebraska Legislature introduced over 470 bills this session, including several constitutional amendments. We’re starting this week with a number of hearings and, alongside you, we are ready to advocate for better benefits for Nebraska workers, for the rights of young people in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and to end housing discrimination. Hearings this week Reducing injuries… Read more →

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… Read more →

STATEMENT: Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address Opportunities abound to support workers, strengthen the child welfare system, address the crisis in our prison system, and implement Medicaid Expansion   Lincoln — Nebraska Appleseed Executive… Read more →

The 2020 Nebraska Legislative Session is underway!

The Nebraska Legislature kicked off the 2020 session last Wednesday! Since then, senators have introduced hundreds of bills, with several being top of mind for Nebraska Appleseed.   Strengthening Nebraska’s child welfare system Over the interim, youth with foster care and juvenile justice experience shared their input with Senator Megan Hunt to draft legislation to ensure youth in out-of-home placements… Read more →

Family First Prevention Services Act will ensure stability for Nebraska’s children

Note: This is a guest post from Natalie Bielenberg, Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Intern. On February 9, 2018, the Trump Administration signed into law the bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), with a number of significant changes made to the Act. The FFPSA gave states the flexibility to use federal Title IV-E funds to improve prevention through upfront, evidence-based… Read more →

Five years of victories for the Bridge to Independence Program

In 2013, the Nebraska Legislature passed the Young Adult Voluntary Services and Supports Act to better support young adults who exited foster care in “transitioning to adulthood, becoming self-sufficient, and creating permanent relationships. This created Nebraska’s Bridge to Independence (b2i) program, which was structured through the input of many young advocates with former foster care experience.  B2i participants eligibility requirements… Read more →

RELEASE: Nebraska Appleseed files lawsuit seeking stability for Nebraska’s child welfare system

***For Immediate Release*** Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org   Nebraska Appleseed files lawsuit seeking stability for Nebraska’s child welfare system Suit says current private contracts violate Nebraska’s Constitution   LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Appleseed filed a lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court on behalf of a child… Read more →

RELEASE: Appleseed Sends Demand Letter Seeking Stability for Nebraska’s Child Welfare System

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, August 26, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org Nebraska Appleseed Seeks Stability for Nebraska’s Child Welfare System The current private contracts violate Nebraska’s Constitution   LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Appleseed sent a demand letter to officials at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska… Read more →

Families of color experience negative outcomes per Nebraska’s Voices for Children report

Voices for Children Report highlights race equity lens in Nebraska’s child welfare system All children and families deserve an equal opportunity to a brighter future Our friends at Voices for Children in Nebraska recently released their report, Equity Before the Law: Race & Ethnicity in the Front End of Nebraska’s Child Welfare System. This report shows how the child welfare… Read more →

STATEMENT: Child welfare contract creates concerns for Nebraska families

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, July 8, 2019 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director Office: (402) 438-8853 Ext 119 Cell: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org The new child welfare contract creates challenges and concerns for Nebraska Nebraska’s child welfare system should ensure stability for children and families   LINCOLN – Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized the child welfare contract… Read more →

2019 Legislative Session concludes with small victories for Nebraskans

Last Friday, the 2019 Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die until January. Small victories for children and families and low-income community members were made during this legislative session. However, there is still more work to be done and Appleseed continues engaging with state policymakers on a variety of issues impacting Nebraskans throughout the interim. Below are some of the highlights from… Read more →

Foster Care Awareness Month – A Year Look into the Future

Note: This is a guest post from Nedhal Al-kazahy, Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare Youth Fellow. Click here to read Nedhal’s first blog post from May 2018. Since beginning my internship at Nebraska Appleseed in April 2018, I’ve had many amazing opportunities come my way. I’ve used my experience as an advocate. I created a Tips sheet on how to have successful… Read more →