COVID-19 impact on local child welfare system

OMAHA, Neb. — The child welfare system in the Eastern Service Area of Nebraska, that’s Sarpy and Douglas counties, went through a power change in the last year. New contractor, Saint Francis Ministries, officially took over in January. Now they’re faced with the challenge of helping vulnerable children during a pandemic.

Saint Francis oversees about 1,600 children in the Eastern Service Area.

“Dealing with the sensitive topics of child welfare, children are having a really difficult time understanding why they can’t actually see their parents,” CASA for Douglas County executive director Kimberly Thomas said.

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