Nebraskans expect children to be in safe hands when the state removes them from home for abuse, neglect or criminal justice and places them into state care.

Nebraskans expect children to be in safe hands when the state removes them from home for abuse, neglect or criminal justice and places them into state care.

But Nebraska’s inspector general of child welfare found 36 cases over three years of alleged sexual assault of children in state care. Most involved state wards in foster homes, adoptive homes, state-licensed residential care facilities and the juvenile probation system.

A strong response is needed in the wake of these failures. The state must take reasonable steps to decrease the risks of sexual assault to these children. It’s welcome news that the inspector general plans to study what changes to state policy and law might help.

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