Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he's frustrated with the state's efforts to enact child welfare reforms, but he's promising improvements after meeting with an agency director and other stakeholders.
The governor says he makes no excuses for the recent problems that have risen with the effort to privatize services. He says he met this week the director Nebraska Department of Health and Human services, a non-profit service provider, and the Lancaster County Attorney's office, which has clashed with the state before.
Heineman's comments came one week after State Auditor Mike Foley released an audit of the state's child welfare services. The agency dispute parts of the report, and says it has made improvements to address others.
Heineman says he still supports privatization of Nebraska's child welfare services.