Starting next year, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human services will use a new strategy in child welfare cases that’s designed to help keep kids with families.
Director Matt Wallen with the Division of Children and Family Services says the new method, dubbed Safety Organized Practice, focuses on building support networks around parents to prevent repeat-offense.
“We put that support network around them and then we stay a little bit longer to make sure that support network is functioning as it should,” says Wallen. “So when another crisis arises, they engage that support network and they don’t come to our attention.”
Wallen has been touring the state informing residents of the changes and gathering feedback.
He says the new practices are set to begin at the beginning of next year.