The Nebraska Foster Care Review Office Quarterly Report Submitted Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §43-1303(4). June 1, 2016. Second Quarter report.
Nebraska Foster Care Review Office.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: June 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 September 14, 2015 through April 4, 2016 due to their involvement with either the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or the Office of Probation Administration-Juvenile Division. The second section of the report 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, 78% were involved in the child welfare system and 22% were involved in the Juvenile Justice population; the number of DHHS State wards in out-of-home care increased at the rate of 6.6%; there has been a 2.6% decrease in the out-of-home care for probation youth; and there has been a 27.5% decrease in the utilization of out-of-State placements by either DHHS or probation 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 exits within the child welfare system, develop and implement evidence-based in-home services, and continue the work of the Out-of-State Placement Collaborative Committee. 50 figures.
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