Don’t skimp on child welfare in Nebraska

t appears that under the guise of government efficiency, Nebraska’s at-risk children could be headed for a crisis.

Experts say kids are better off when they can remain in their family homes when help is needed and it’s safe. Only children who aren’t safe should be removed and placed in out-ofhome care, at least until things can be improved at home.

The Department of Health and Human Services, child advocates and those overseeing child welfare in the Legislature and in courtrooms are keeping track of that safety. Yet, Inspector General Julie Rogers investigated the deaths of four children connected to the system between July 1, 2018 and June 30 of this year, in addition to 52 suicide attempts (flat from the prior year) and 41 allegations of sexual abuse (four fewer), even though Nebraska has fewer state wards.

 

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