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Nebraska Children's Commission
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Bridge to Independence Advisory Committee

This Committee, created by LB216(2013) and codified at Neb. Rev. Stat. §43-4513, is appointed by the Commission to make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Commission regarding the Bridge to Independence Program, extended guardianship assistance, and extended adoption assistance.

The Bridge to Independence Advisory Committee has been meeting since July 2013 to make recommendations regarding the creation of a program offering voluntary services and support for youth who have aged out of foster care before attaining permanency.  This program was implemented on October 1, 2014, and the Committee continues to make recommendations for improvement. The current Co-Chairs of the Committee include Mary Jo Pankoke (Nebraska Children and Famillies Foundation) and Jeanne Brandner (Administrative Office of Probation, Juvenile Services Division).

This Committee has also focused its attention on youth served in the juvenile justice system.  Recognizing that this population needs similar supports and services, a workgroup was formed to examine the possibility of implementing a similar program to serve these youth.  Links to the Committee's reports and recommendations can be found below with additional information available on our Reports page.

The committee continues to meet as needed. Notices of Committee meetings are published on the Nebraska Public Meeting Calendar. You can access current meeting documents here or past meeting documents may be found here. A current member listing is available below.

 

Bridge to Independence Advisory Committee Reports

Bridge to Independence Advisory Committee Membership