After closing the loophole in the Nebraskan Safe Haven Law last Friday, a small working group of six has formed to address the lack of adolescent care in the state.
The revised law passed on Friday now only permits babies 30 days or younger to be dropped off for legal abandonment by distressed mothers, thus putting a stop to a broader definition of the word children to include those up to 18 years of age. The revision won by a vote of 43-5.
The new issue that has come about is why so many parents took advantage of this loophole and what to do about lacking programs for disturbed youth.
State Senator Annette Dubas and five other member have formed a special working group to directly address this issue. “We are done talking about the problem; we know what the problem is. The time now is to get down to work and start working for viable solutions,” Dubas said.
The working group is set begin this large task mid-December with mental and juvenile health agencies.
Senator Dubas ended on a positive note, “I'm excited about the working group and am hopeful that more people will receive greater attention than in the past.”