Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts recognizes child welfare specialists with proclamation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Child welfare specialists were the subject of a Tuesday proclamation made by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts proclaimed September 2022 as “Child Welfare Workforce Development Month.”

The proclamation recognized the work done by Nebraska teammates, agencies, and partners providing critical services to children and families.

Nebraska ranks No. 8 nationally in Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2022 state rankings of child well-being.

“Nebraskans working in child welfare provide great service to kids in our state,” Ricketts said in a press release.  “Their compassionate care is a big reason why Nebraska regularly ranks among the top states in America for child welfare.  Thank you to State teammates, Bring Up Nebraska, and the many other partners across Nebraska who are investing in the success and well-being of our children.”

Stephanie Beasley, director of the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Children and Family Services, announced new programs that will begin on Saturday.

These services hope to further enhance services available to Nebraskans:

  • Family-Centered Treatment: a 4-6 month home-based trauma treatment program that works to identify the core issues facing the family within the home by increasing positive parenting skills and providing therapeutic services to address mental health needs and substance use.
  • Healthy Families America: a home visiting program for new and expecting families with children who are at risk for maltreatment.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: a therapeutic program for children and adolescents who have symptoms associated with trauma exposure.
  • Familias Unidas: a family-centered intervention that works to prevent substance use and risky sexual behavior among Hispanic adolescents and empowers parents by enhancing communication and improving parenting skills.
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