Former Chief Justice John Hendry congratulates stakeholder Child Champion Awardee
Former Chief Justice John Hendry congratulates Judge Anne Paine on receiving the judicial Child
Former Chief Justice John Hendry commends summit participants on the progress that has been made since
he convened the first Nebraska Children's Summit in 2006.
Chief Justice Mike Heavican poses with Joan Ohl, Senior Director for Casey Family Programs, and
Andrew Bridge, current Director of the Child Welfare Initiative in Los Angeles and author of
Governor Dave Heineman thanks summit participants for their commitment to children in the foster care system.
Chief Justice Mike Heavican opens the Children's Summit with a charge to all to improve outcomes for children
in the foster care court system.
Summit participants at the opening plenary session.
Summit participants register at the summit's start
A variety of free resources were available to the summit participants.
Andrew Bridge, author of the "Hope's Boy", provides a gripping account of his
eleven years in the Los Angeles foster care system and his eventual graduation from Harvard
Chief Justice Michael Heavican and the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative hosted Nebraska's second statewide Children's Summit in September 2009. A follow-up to the 2006 Nebraska Children's Summit in Nebraska City, the 2009 Children's Summit was attended by over 400 professionals involved in the abuse/neglect court system, including all Nebraska judges with juvenile jurisdiction, Chief Justice Heavican, Governor Dave Heineman, Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and former ACYF Commissioner Joan Ohl. Participants voted on priorities for the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative to focus on in upcoming years. The selected priorities are: (1) reduce the time to reunification (for reunified children), (2) improve systems effectiveness with parents with substance abuse issues, and (3) improve the use of parenting time to improve permanency.