FOSTER CARE STAKEHOLDERS ASK FOR REVIEW OF DECADES-OLD STATE LAWS, OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
The Foster Care Review Office (FCRO) wants Nebraska state senators to improve the juvenile court system.
Kim Hawekotte, FCRO executive director, says the courts often handle cases too slowly.
She says there were fewer cases handled in 90 days or less last year compared to the year before.
“Our statutes are 30 years old. Do we need to take a look at those based upon today’s need,” Hawekotte tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Then we really need to look at our court system in general, and see if there are ways we can improve that court system and ensure we have the resources, so that these cases get the proper attention in a timely fashion.”
Efficiency is an overall recommendation, specifically when timelines and children are concerned, she says.