“Ensuring the necessary supports are in place to support children and families remains the top priority for DHHS,” the statement said.
St. Francis holds a $197 million, five-year contract with the state to manage the care of abused and neglected children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The agency started taking over cases one year ago from an Omaha-based nonprofit that previously held the state contract. The transition was completed by Jan. 1.
Rothenberger said the St. Francis Ministries Board authorized the investigation, which is being done by an independent consultant. It is expected to be completed in about 20 days.
Along with overseeing the care of children in the Omaha metro area, St. Francis provides more limited child welfare services in other parts of Nebraska.