Members of the media are welcome to attend the following lecture series held in:
- South Sioux City
- North Platte
Individuals participating in the lecture series will be available for individual interviews, as will Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative team members who are present.
*Journalists, please register even if you only plan to attend a portion of the program-use the link at the bottom of the page or call 402-472-3479.
For background information:
Dr. Victoria Weisz (402) 472-3479
Judge Larry Gendler, Chairman (402) 593-2217
Lecture Series Sponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative
The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative is sponsoring a free lecture series in various communities throughout Nebraska on issues relating to children in the State’s foster care system. The Supreme Court’s Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative consists of multidisciplinary teams dedicated to improving the outcomes of children in the Nebraska court system. The organization has, for the past several years, been a major part of the Supreme Court’s efforts to improve court processing in abuse and neglect cases.
Lecture Series 1: Concurrent Planning for Permanency of Children in Foster Care
The first lecture, offered in late April, explores Nebraska’s effectiveness in foster care case management. Presenters discuss ways in which child welfare staff can best achieve permanency for children by working toward family reunification and, at the same time, developing an alternative plan for the child (such as permanent placement with a relative, or adoption) should family reunification efforts fail. Effective concurrent planning can reduce the time a child spends in foster care before a child is placed in a permanent home.
South Sioux City: April 23, 2012: 1:00-4:30 - Iowa Nebraska State Bank (2021 Dakota Ave)
Hastings: April 24, 2012: 1:00-4:30 - Holiday Inn Express (3605 Cimarron Plaza)
Papillion: April 25, 2012: 8:30-12:00 - Sarpy County Board Room (1210 Golden Gate Dr.)
Lecture Series 2: Use of Medications for Mental Health Problems in Children
The second lecture, offered in mid-May offers research into neurobiology and frequent problem behaviors in children. The use of psychotropic medications will be discussed along with non-pharmacological alternatives that should be considered.
North Platte: May 14, 2012: 1:00-4:15 - Holiday Inn Express (300 Frontage Rd.)
Lincoln: May 17, 2012: 8:30-11:45 - Embassy Suites (1040 P Street)
Omaha: May 18, 2012: 8:30-11:45 - Harper Center-Creighton University (602 N 20th Street)