Nebraska organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Nebraska organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Nebraska Chapter
Children and Family Coalition of Nebraska
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
Nebraska Appleseed
Voices for Children in Nebraska

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.

Link here.

Kids in foster care? Coronavirus prompts courts to halt family visits, dealing harsh blow

March 31, 2020

USA Today

Biological parents battling to regain custody of children in foster care could lose crucial bonding time and see reunification stymied as dependency courts nationwide cancel hearings and suspend face-to-face family visits over coronavirus concerns. …

The visitation suspensions — issued in counties across Texas, Florida, Nebraska and Maine, among others — are temporary. Some courts stipulate that in-person visits may continue if all parties agree to proceed.

Link here.