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Strengthening Families Act Committee

Survey Opportunity

The Strengthening Families Act Committee of the Nebraska Children’s Commission has recently released a survey to gather information on how current and former youth experience(d) normalcy while in care.

The survey is to help gather feedback directly from youth and young adults on how the Strengthening Families Act is being implemented in Nebraska. Further details and a link to the survey can be found in this informational handout.

We need your help reaching interested young people to participate. Here’s how you can help:

  • Share survey details with young people involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
    • Note that we are looking for youth and young adults currently, or previously, in out of home placement through juvenile court involvement ages 14 to 21 years old

If you have any questions about the survey or the Committee, don’t hesitate to reach out to Commission staff at NECC.Contact@nebraska.gov. Thanks in advance for your help!

On April 20, 2016, Governor Ricketts signed into law LB 746 which created the Strengthening Families Act (SFA) Committee (formerly the Normalcy Task Force) under the authority of the Nebraska Children's Commission.  Prior to coming under statute, the group functioned under the Children’s Commission as the Strengthening Families Act Taskforce.  The Strengthening Families Act Committee superseded the SFA Taskforce on the effective date of July 1, 2016.

The purpose of the SFA Committee is to act as an advisory body while the “normalcy” provisions of the Act are implemented in Nebraska. This group has and will continue to create recommendations surrounding the provisions that support youth in foster care to engage in normal childhood activities, such as sleepovers, extracurricular activities, sports participation, sleep-away camp, and other pro-social activities that encourage healthy development. Membership was populated with stakeholders who have backgrounds and expertise in the Act.

The Committee, chaired by Sarah Helvey (Nebraska Appleseed) and Vernon Davis (Former Youth in Foster Care), typically meets quarterly.  The Committee has the following active subcommittees to create recommendations on priority areas of the Strengthening Families Act:  Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA), Court Implementation, Normalcy, and Trafficking subcommittees.

Below you will find the annual reports of the SFA Committee and a number of helpful resources detailing information about the Act. You can also access upcoming meeting materials on the Current Meeting Documents page, with past meeting materials accessible on the Past Meeting Documents page.

 

 

 

 

 

SFA Committee Reports and Recommendations


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2017

 

2016

Resources

Strengthening Families Act Committee Membership

 

If you wish to be added to the Strengthening Families Act Committee meeting mailing list, please contact Amanda Felton at amanda.felton@nebraska.gov or (402) 890-6510.