Last private contractor will take over KVC cases
February 23rd, 2012
Omaha, NE – Foster children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties will now be moved to Nebraskaâ€™s last remaining private contractor in child welfare.
Nebraska began privatizing child welfare in 2009. And itâ€™s been a rocky road. At first, the state contracted with five private agencies to manage child welfare cases. But pretty quickly, it was down to two. Three contractors dropped out in 2010. And yesterday, a fourth, KVC Behavioral Healthcare, announced it was dropping out too â€“ and soon. The contract will end in less than a week, on March 1st.
All four contractors have cited inadequate payment by the state as major reasons for dropping out.
Now, 3,600 children will need to be moved to a new agency. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services said instead of going to the state, most of those children will move to the last remaining private agency, Nebraska Families Collaborative.
In a statement, Kerry Winterer, the CEO of DHHS said the agreement with NFC is â€œgood newsâ€ and will help â€œstabilize the system.â€
Dave Newell, the President of NFC said his agencyâ€™s management of these services is â€œwhatâ€™s best for kids and families.â€ He added NFC will hire employees from KVC in order â€œto minimize any disruption.â€
The move means all foster children in Douglas and Sarpy counties will now be served by NFC. The rest of the children in the system across the state will be served by DHHS.
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