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Nebraska legislative report finds problems with child welfare privatization

The state began hiring private organizations to manage child welfare cases in 2009
Saint Francis Ministries
Posted at 10:22 AM, Dec 17, 2021

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A legislative report says Nebraska's use of a private contractor to help care for neglected and abused children in the Omaha area has been plagued with problems, including high worker turnover, inadequate funding and a lack of direction.

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The report released Wednesday comes a day after the state said it would terminate its contract with Saint Francis Ministries, a Kansas-based provider that faced major financial problems after winning the contract in 2019. Saint Francis was hired to oversee child services in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Nebraska began its experiment with privatized child welfare services in 2009, hiring private organizations in different regions to coordinate and manage services.

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