1st Round Approval For Hotline For Troubled Kids

Nebraska lawmakers have taken what they call a first step toward resolving problems highlighted by the drop-offs of three dozen children last year under the old safe-haven law.

On Thursday, they gave first-round approval to a bill (LB346) that would create a statewide hot line parents and guardians could call to find help for their troubled children.

The bill also would create two new programs. One would connect troubled families with other families that have had similar problems in hopes they could provide guidance.

The other would provide help to families that have foster or adopted children.

Many of the children dropped off before an age limit was put in the safe-haven law were adopted or had been in foster care.