A national consulting firm has been hired by the Nebraska Legislature to conduct a study on public and private child welfare agencies in the state. This is a follow-up to its earlier study on child welfare privatization. This study will help determine whether the management of child welfare cases should be carried out by public or private agencies.
The study will compare the case management performances of the Nebraska Family Collaborative, private agencies that provide services in the Omaha area and the Department of Health and Human Services that covers the rest of the state. Hornby Zeller Associates is conducting this study and Director of Project Operations Karen Hallenbeck says they want to hear from current and former clients, foster parents, relative caregivers and anyone else who had contact with the child welfare system within the past couple of years.
Representatives will be in Omaha Tuesday and Wednesday to conduct 15 minute sessions with those willing to share their experience. Those wishing to take part can schedule an appointment time by calling 518-273-1614. Similar feedback sessions will be held in Lincoln and Grand Island during the month of October.
Hallenbeck reminds participants this is a research project only and all information will be kept in the strictest confidence.