February 7, 2016

Applications now being taken for the Children’s Commission

Applications for the newly created Children’s Commission are being accepted by the governor’s office.

The legislature created the commission in LB 821 approved in the past legislative session.

Gov. Dave Heineman’s office has sent out a news release stating that the governor will accept applications for the Children’s Commission.

The governor’s office notes that the commission, as outlined by the bill, is to include the following voting members:

• director of a child advocacy center;

• administrator of a behavioral health region;

• community representatives from each of the five service areas;

• prosecuting attorney who practices in juvenile court;

• guardian ad litem;

• biological parent currently or previously involved in the child welfare system;

• foster parent;

• court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer;

• member of the state or local Foster Care Review Board;

• child welfare service agency that directly provides child welfare services;

• young adult previously in foster care; and

• representative of a child advocacy organization.

An online application is available at http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/bc/board_comm.html. The governor’s office asks that the position being applied for be designated on the application. The deadline to apply is at the close of the business day Friday, May 12th. Contact Peggy King in the governor’s office at peggy.king@nebraska.gov for more information.

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