Social workers, parents, and former state wards would have a greater voice in Nebraska's child welfare reform efforts, under a bill that won first-round approval in the Legislature.
The measure (LB821) by the Legislature's Health and Human
Services Committee would create a Nebraska Children's Commission,
comprised of various stakeholders in the system. Lawmakers voted
33-0 Tuesday to advance the bill.
Some lawmakers and families have complained they were not
included in efforts to plan earlier child welfare reforms,
including a move toward privatized services that began in 2009.
The commission would develop a plan for specific changes in
Nebraska's child welfare system, which has come under fire because
of higher-than-expected costs and turnover among caseworkers. It
also would create a state watchdog to monitor child welfare