Foster Care Reform Legal Resource Center

What We Do

The resources provided by the LRC are intended to assist attorneys in juvenile court practice and encourage systemic change within Nebraska’s child welfare system. If you have not already, we encourage you to join our listserv and receive such valuable information as the regularly released Foster Care Reform Update. The LRC also provides access to sample legal documents focused on child welfare issues. Our other resources include our continuing series of policy briefs, publications highlighting child welfare issues, and other relevant resources geared toward the child welfare community.

Important Note: The mission of Nebraska Appleseed is to address policies and systemic issues facing Nebraskans. Therefore, the Foster Care Reform Legal Resource Center is only able to provide assistance on cases that involve systemic issues in the child welfare system that are within our expertise and resources to address. For example, we are unfortunately unable to help with everyday issues and basic procedural questions. Whereas, we may be able to provide research and information related to the rights of non-English speaking families in the child welfare system.

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Juvenile Document Bank

As one of the resources available through the Foster Care Reform Legal Resource Center, listserv members have access to example legal documents, including samples of motions and pleadings that can be used to raise systemic issues in child welfare cases. Access to these documents is restricted to members of the Nebraska Child Welfare Listserv and requires a password. If you have questions about accessing the documents, please contact Eric Wickizer. If you have questions about the documents themselves, please contact Sarah Helvey.

Nebraska Appleseed presents the sample legal documents (e.g., sample motions and pleadings) on this web site as a service to our listserv members, all of whom are attorneys. Please understand that the documents on this website are based upon generally applicable Nebraska law. Some laws may vary depending on which county in Nebraska you live and the specifics of your case. Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of the forms at this site or other sites to which we link. The sample documents were generously donated by practitioners and are not meant as a substitute for your own legal work.

Legal Resource Center Juvenile Document Bank


Foster Care Reform Listserv

The Foster Care Reform Legal Resource Center Listserv provides a forum for information and dialogue among attorneys to influence legal precedent in the juvenile courts in a positive way. Listserv members also receive a regular electronic newsletter, the “Foster Care Reform Update,” which includes child welfare case law summaries, legislative developments, and a “policy spotlight” on an issue affecting Nebraska juvenile court practice.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of legal discussions, the listserv is restricted to guardians ad litem and counsel representing biological or foster parents only.

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