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What is Happening? Your First Visit to Douglas County Juvenile Court and What You Need to Know

Juvenile court can be complex and confusing to a parent, especially when his child may have just been removed from his care. This brochure, developed for the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County, provides a parent with an overview of what has already occurred and what will be happening during the initial court proceeding. The final two panels also allow the caseworker to write down basic information about the case and what the parent should do next. For more information about the brochure, contact Cassie Roberts at (402)472-0201 or croberts@unl.edu.
What is Happening?  Your First Visit to Douglas County Juvenile Court and What You Need to Know

Family Treatment Drug Court Track Participant Brochure

One of the most common issues in child abuse and neglect cases is parental substance abuse. Children in these types of cases often require specialized services and case management to successfully find permanency. This brochure describes one program, the Family Treatment Drug Court Track of Lancaster County, that aims to help families with parental substance abuse. The brochure includes information about why parents are placed on the Track, what participation on the Track entails, and who are other important people involved in the Track.
FTDCT Participant Brochure

What to Ask at a Protective Custody Hearing: A checklist for judges, lawyers and caseworkers working with young children

There are many important issues to address at the first Protective Custody Hearing, and a young child’s needs may often be overlooked. However, issues such as the child’s medical needs, possible developmental delays and issues with placement and visitation should be addressed as soon as possible. This checklist provides practitioners with basic questions to ask about the young child after removal from the home. For more information about the brochure, contact Cassie Roberts at (402)472-0201 or croberts@unl.edu.
What to Ask at a Protective Custody Hearing: A Checklist

Checklist for Infants and Toddlers

As part of its Helping Babies from the Bench series, the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative partnered with the Nebraska Early Development Network (EDN) to issue a checklist for maltreated infants and toddlers involved in the system. The checklist can assist caseworkers and other stakeholders in ensuring that infant and toddler needs are adequately being addressed.

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Young Child Court Form

Children in the child welfare system typically want to talk to their judge and let him or her know what is going on in their life. Attending court hearings is a great way for the child to be involved and express his or her opinions. If that is not possible, the Young Child Court Form is a great alternative. The Young Child Court Form was created by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project and is intended for children around the developmental ages of 6 to 10. A trusted person known to the child should assist him or her in filling out the form.

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