NEBRASKA MUST DO EVEN MORE TO PROTECT CHILDREN

The Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare is undergoing an important review of sexual abuse cases involving state wards or those in the juvenile probation system.

Inspector General Julie Rogers said there have been 36 sexual abuse cases reported in the last three years in the child welfare system.

While one case is too many, 36 is a disturbingly large number that calls for this review and stronger measures to protect these children, who are essentially in the care of the state.

Rogers said the review will look at what may be wrong with the state’s system that is failing to prevent this abuse.

“How can we improve the system in Nebraska so our kids who are abused and neglected and vulnerable and have gone through trauma already are not subjected to more abuse or exploitation?” Rogers said.