The head of Nebraska's child welfare services says a proposal to reclaim case management duties from private contractors would destabilize the system that serves abused and neglected children.
Scot Adams told a legislative panel Thursday that the agency
opposes the measure (LB961) to end a major part of Nebraska's move
toward privatization. Adams says the effort could prompt the
state's two contractors to withdraw before their agreements expire
His comments followed more than three hours of committee
testimony from foster parents and child advocates who say the
state's privatization effort has worsened child services.
Foster parents recounted stories in which young children were
left to sit in filthy clothes and their own waste for hours after
they were removed from homes.