The Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers represents its seven member child advocacy centers (CACs) through public policy work focused on legislative advocacy, leadership on statewide initiatives, and partnerships with other Nebraska agencies serving children and families.
Through its policy work, the Nebraska Alliance seeks to enhance Nebraska’s response to child abuse by advocating for:
- A coordinated, collaborative approach to child protection. Children and their families are best served when the many different agencies and professionals who investigate, respond, and provide support following child abuse allegations work together. High-functioning and collaborative multidisciplinary teams (1184 teams) are key to ensuring safety, justice, and healing for Nebraska children and families.
- Strong child advocacy centers. Local child advocacy centers are essential to minimizing the trauma that children and families experience by providing coordinated investigations and access to needed services. CACs must have the resources they need to provide the children and families they serve with the high quality, evidence-based care they deserve.
- A child protection system grounded in research and data. Children and families deserve high-performing child protection and child welfare services. These systems must use research, track and monitor data, and openly share information so that improvements to the care children and families receive can be made.
The Nebraska Alliance serves as a legislative advocate to support the work of Nebraska’s Child Advocacy Centers and the children they serve. Knowing that multiple agencies respond best when they work together, the Nebraska Legislature has adopted policies that ensure a coordinated approach to drive the child abuse investigation process for law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors and child advocacy centers. The Nebraska Alliance works to educate and inform Nebraska’s legislators about legislative funding and bills that directly impact the work of Child Advocacy Centers and the lives of the children served at a CAC.
2019 Legislative Policy Agenda
The Nebraska Alliance Supports LB 458
LB 458 - Change provisions relating to child abuse or neglect
Introduced by Senator Lathrop
Below is a list of additional bills that we support
Introduced by Senator Bolz
Introduced by Senator Cavanaugh
Introduced by Senator Brewer
LB 281 - Provide for posting by public schools of a toll-free number set up to report child abuse or neglect
Introduced by Senator McCollister
Introduced by Senator Crawford
Introduced by Senator Quick
LB 516 - Change provisions relating to child abuse, the Child Protection and Family Safety Act, human trafficking, and child welfare services
Introduced by Senator Pansing Brooks
Introduced by Senator Linehan