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Social work class to present child welfare conference Nov. 5

Corey Steel

Chadron State College senior social work majors will host a conference Wednesday, Nov. 5, addressing child welfare in Nebraska 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the CSC Student Center Ballroom. Conference attendance will be free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch will be served to the first 170 attendees.

Current CSC students with meal plans will pick up lunch in the cafeteria.

The goal of the event, according to conference publicity committee member Mustapha Barry, is to ensure the well-being of children by educating and empowering community members and service providers.

The keynote speaker during lunch will be Corey Steel of Lincoln. Throughout his career, Steel has been heavily engaged in the transformation of the Nebraska juvenile justice system. He will discuss LB 561, which calls for changing the Nebraska juvenile justice system to a treatment-based model instead of a punitive system.

Steel was appointed state court administrator in May 2014 to oversee the administrative operations of the statewide court system. His responsibilities include making plans for statewide judicial branch needs and developing and promoting statewide administrative practices and procedures. He also oversees the operation of trial court programs and strategic initiatives and serves as a liaison with other branches of government.

He previously served as deputy probation administrator for Juvenile Services. During that time, he played an active role in providing information to the legislature regarding juvenile justice reform.

A panel of professionals will follow the keynote. The panelists include Judge Susan M. Bazis from Omaha, Judge James M. Worden from Scottsbluff, Dr. Shannon Black from Lincoln, and Dr. Caroline Winchester superintendent of the Chadron Public School System.

The panel members and other speakers in breakout sessions throughout the day will address topics pertaining to child welfare and social work such as Internet sex crimes against children, sex offenders and child safety, guardianship and conservatorship, poverty, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), immigration, probation, juvenile justice, mental health and child advocacy.

This event is a capstone project required for graduates seeking a CSC bachelor’s degree in social work. The students organizing the conference are enrolled in Social Work 435 “Communities and Organizations.”

For more information, contact Mustapha Barry at 720-648-8923 or

—CSC College Relations



November is National Adoption Month!

National Adoption Day is officially recognized on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Many cities in Nebraska will be celebrating on November 22 or November 15 in Lincoln and in Scottsbluff and North Platte on December 6. 

National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the children in foster care  waiting for permanent, loving families.  Thank you to all of the families that opened their hearts and homes and provided a forever family for a child/children.



Guardianship Training Classes   

If you are interested in learning more about Guardianship or recently did a guardianship please check out our Guardianship Training Classes we offer throughout Nebraska!  We offer information on the duties of the guardian, rights of the ward, annual reporting requirements and instruction on the forms required for guardianship of this population of minors.  This class will fulfill the Guardianship education requirements set by Nebraska Probate Code.  See the list of classes available under the Education tab and then click Guardianship.  You must register for the class at least on week before the class. 


Watch the Education/Training Tab and our calendar for additional trainings being offered around Nebraska and for registration forms.