(Click the above map for districts and teams as well as lead CIP project specialist.)
Over 25 multidisciplinary local teams across Nebraska meet regularly to address systemic issues in their child welfare court system. Each team is led by a Lead Judge and Team Coordinator, and is typically comprised of County Attorneys, parents’ attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, DHHS administrators, supervisors, and caseworkers, facilitators/mediators, CASA, Foster Care Review Office members, therapists, clerk magistrates, probation, law enforcement, schools, youth and foster parents. The teams create their own action plans, which include projects and goals to improve the juvenile court system, and then meet regularly to ensure those goals are being accomplished.
Each year, it is estimated that team members donate over 750 hours of their time working on issues as part of their local teams. Not only do teams meet regularly but many also host special events, such as the National Reunification Day, National Adoption Day or Lecture Series, and participate in other systemic improvement activities. In addition to their collaboration as a local team, the teams also collaborate with state staff and other local teams statewide through conferences, trainings, data assessments and other activities.
Below are a list of the local teams and their leadership. Some team sections also contain documents or materials developed as part of their goals or projects.
Click here to view the 2012 Team Summaries.