Nebraska hires new legislative child welfare watchdog
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative staffer who previously worked as a lobbyist and child advocate has been chosen as Nebraska’s next inspector general for child welfare, officials announced Monday.
Jennifer Carter will serve as a legislative watchdog over Nebraska’s child welfare services. She currently serves as a staff lawyer for the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, and previously worked as a lobbyist and consultant and director of public policy for the group Nebraska Appleseed.
Carter will replace Julie Rogers, who was chosen in January to become Nebraska’s state ombudsman. She will start in hew new role on Sept. 2.
Lawmakers created the inspector general for Nebraska child welfare in 2012 to add oversight to state child services within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The inspector general conducts independent investigations into child welfare services and reports to the Legislature.