St. Francis Ministries contract finishes June 30. That date marks both the end of the contract and the conclusion of Nebraska's experiment with having private entities manage child welfare cases.
Douglas County wrapped up the old year and started the new one by tallying its highest weekly COVID case count of the pandemic.
After a brief dip, cases of COVID-19 rose in Nebraska last week as the omicron variant boosted the nation's new cases to the highest levels since late last summer.
State officials ended the disciplinary action taken against St. Francis Ministries' child placing license. St. Francis needs the license to place children in foster or adoptive homes.
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The state Department of Health and Human Services has rightly stepped in, but the department must begin the transition to take over the services permanently.
Legislative hearing last week put a spotlight on deeply troubling failures in Douglas and Sarpy Counties by St. Francis Ministries.
A child-abuse pediatrician warned that vulnerable children have been falling through the cracks ever since Nebraska contracted with a Kansas-based nonprofit to manage Omaha-area child welfare cases.
The nonprofit, 18 months into its contract, is failing to meet key requirements. Once its contract is up, St. Francis must go.
The Kansas-based nonprofit overseeing Omaha-area child welfare cases has yet to meet key requirements of its multimillion-dollar contract, like the caseload limits set by Nebraska law.
Three key child welfare measures worsened in Douglas and Sarpy Counties between December 2019 and November last year under the management of the embattled St. Francis Ministries.
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After more than a year of managing child welfare cases in the Omaha area, an alarming array of red flags have popped up around St. Francis Ministries.
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Representatives of St. Francis Ministries, the embattled Kansas-based agency that holds the contract, also skipped the legislative hearing called by the Health and Human Services Committee.
The data suggest the pandemic is well-controlled in the region, despite rising case counts across much of the country and some of the state.
St. Francis Ministries, based in Kansas, oversees Omaha-area child welfare cases for Nebraska. It continues to fall short on some key state standards.
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St. Francis’ history in Kansas has drawn concern from some Nebraska lawmakers and child advocates. In particular, they cite concerns about foster placement stability, case manager workloads and costs. "Saint Francis will meet all expectations outlined in our Nebraska contract and conform to all applicable state regulations and laws," a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
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LINCOLN — Judge Gary Randall has spent the past two decades watching the caseload grow in Douglas County District Court.