LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman named five people Monday to the advisory committee overseeing the newly revamped Foster Care Review Office.
The new review office replaced the 30-year-old Nebraska Foster Care Review Board as of July 1.
The office continues as a watchdog over the foster care system, with a network of local volunteer boards to review cases of children removed from their homes by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Heineman appointed Michelle Hynes of Dakota City, Sandra Kruback of North Platte and Craig Timm of Omaha to represent local review boards.
Elizabeth Neeley of Seward was appointed for her data analysis experience, and Sheree Keely of Omaha was appointed as an at-large member.
The new advisory committee's first order of business likely will be hiring a director for the agency.
The previous board terminated long-time director Carol Stitt, and the agency has been operating under an interim director since then.
Legislation making the change in the agency was passed this spring.
State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha pushed for the change because of his concern that previous board members had conflicts of interest and were not providing the Legislature with timely information about the state of the child welfare system.
Under the new law, none of the five advisory committee members can have any financial ties to HHS, child welfare service providers, counties or courts.
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