The Nebraska Foster Care Review Office Quarterly Report Submitted Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §43-1303(4). September 1, 2016. Third Quarter Report.
Nebraska Foster Care Review Office.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: September 2016
Nebraska Foster Care Review Office
521 S. 14th, Suite 401
Lincoln, NE 68508-2707
Tel: (402) 471-4420
Fax: (402) 471-4437
This quarterly report shares findings from the Nebraska Foster Care Review Office’s (FCRO) independent data and analysis of the child welfare system. The first section of the report concentrates on all children in out-of-home care from October 5, 2015 through July 5, 2016 due to their involvement with either the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or the Office of Probation Administration-Juvenile Division. It provides an overview of children in out-of-home care involved with the child welfare system and those involved with juvenile justice that have no child welfare involvement. The second section of the report given an overview of State ward children in trial home visit placements. The final section concentrates on children and youth that are placed in out-of-State congregate care placements either through DHHS or probation. The FCRO found the following facts and trends: for all children in out-of-home care, 79.1% were involved in the child welfare system and 20.9% were involved in the Juvenile Justice population; the number of DHHS State wards in out-of-home care continued to increase; there has been a decrease in the number of youth in the juvenile justice system in out-of-home care; there are currently 595 children placed on a trial home visit; and there has been a substantial decrease in the utilization of out-of-State placements beginning from October 2015 to April 2016. Recommendations are made to the child welfare and juvenile justice system and include: examine in more detail why there are more entries into out-of-home care than exists within the child welfare system, develop and implement evidence-based in-home services, develop quality professional foster care; develop support sand training for relative placements, and continue the work of the Out-of-State Placement Collaborative Committee. 41 figures.
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