DHHS Invites Public to Attend Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Child Welfare Changes in Omaha Area

News Release
For Immediate Release: 7/25/2019

Lee Rettig, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287; lee.rettig@nebraska.gov


Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting a series of town hall meetings with community members, stakeholders and others interested in the future of child welfare and case management services for Douglas and Sarpy counties. The general public is invited to attend these meetings and they will include a presentation from the Department followed by a time for questions and answers.  

“We know people have questions regarding the future of case management services in Douglas and Sarpy counties and we want to be responsive and transparent as we move into a bright new era of supporting families, protecting children and improving outcomes," said Matt Wallen, Director, Division of Children and Family Services. “We are bringing in a new partner with a contract focused on innovation, collaboration and keeping families together. These town hall meetings are vital in strengthening partnerships with the community and allowing us to share why we are excited about the future of child welfare in the Eastern Service Area."

The Department signed a contract with Saint Francis Ministries earlier this month to provide child welfare case management services, including family preservation, service coordination, foster care, adoption and resource family recruitment. The contract is effective as of January 1, 2020.

The town hall sessions are as follows:

Tuesday, July 30

North Omaha High School

Viking Center

4410 N 36th Street, Omaha, NE

Session #1:  3 – 5 p.m.

Session #2:  6 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7

Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

2825 Y Street, Omaha, NE

Session #1:  3 – 5 p.m.

Session #2:  6 – 8 p.m.

Representatives of Saint Francis Ministries will join DHHS at the town hall meetings.

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