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Multidisciplinary Team Coordination

Child abuse cases are complex. By collaboration with all parties in the child welfare system, we can better protect children.

A Team Effort

Legislative Bill 1184 was introduced in 1992 and required a cooperative, complementary response by all agencies responsible for protecting children including law enforcement, child advocacy centers, prosecutors, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

This legislation paved the way for the creation of child abuse and neglect investigation and treatment multidisciplinary teams.

Project Harmony case coordinators facilitate multiple teams in Douglas and Sarpy County in Nebraska along with two teams that serve 16 counties in Southwest Iowa. These teams are designed to improve the handling of child abuse and neglect cases. In addition to our general treatment and investigative teams, we have teams that specialize in the following areas:

  • Families with children birth to five (Impact from Infancy)
  • Families affected by sexual abuse
  • Non-system Involved Youth Missing from care (MYS Team)
  • Crossover Youth
  • Educational Neglect
  • Anti-Trafficking

The purpose of the teams is to improve coordination between individuals and agencies involved in child abuse and neglect investigations. Teams also help coordinate, develop, implement and monitor treatment or safety plans with the goal of reducing the risk of harm to child abuse and neglect victims.


Impact from Infancy

Impact from Infancy is an innovative program that began in October of 2014 targeting families with children birth to five involved in the juvenile court and child welfare systems.

Three dedicated case coordinators serve as early childhood resources who support case professionals and encourage the use of best practices at the beginning of the case such as attachment informed decisions and permanency considerations from day one. 


Did you know?

  • 38% of children in out-of-home care were infants and preschoolers (FCRO 2015 Annual Report)
  • 71.4% of child abuse fatalities were children under 3 (Nationally)
  • One in five foster care placements is an infant (Nationally)

Babies can’t wait!

Research has shown that a child’s early years are a critical time for development. Babies must have at least one parent or caregiver who provides consistent love and care. The hazards to young children include:

  • Parental abuse/neglect most often related to substance abuse
  • Exposure to domestic violence
  • Exposure to other forms of violence (conditions of war and community violence)
  • Prenatal exposure to substances

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Time in foster care is not a neutral event for children involved. A trauma-informed child protection system needs to be knowledgeable about the potential short-and-long-term impacts on disruptions in attachment relationships – especially for the youngest children. FCRO

We wish to thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful program and tour of Project Harmony. We are so fortunate to have an organization acting on the behalf of our children with such outstanding enthusiasm and dedication.

- Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest

Thank you so much for coming to Children’s and speaking to our staff. Your talk on “Understanding Poverty” was excellent, and I could see “wheels turning” as some staff members commented on simple ways their interactions might make a difference for children and parents.

- Patty Carrell, CMSW

I have felt that my input has been highly valued and respected when it comes to doing my job, and that is something that speaks volumes to the working environment here at Project Harmony.

- Brenda Jewell

We began collaborating with the Project Harmony through their Connections program last year, and we’ve continued the partnership. Connections represents an extremely valuable partnership and an opportunity to provide our students with a bridge to mental health services.

- Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Our experience and partnership with Project Harmony/Connections has been fantastic! It is a comfort knowing we have a partner who can connect our students and families with the appropriate resources in times of crisis or trauma.

- Millard Public Schools

This shadowing experience actually made me very interested in this field. One aspect that helped me narrow my choice of careers is the environment that Project Harmony had. It was very upbeat, cheerful and bright.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Project Harmony for planning and delivering professional development to our 70 counselors, social workers and community counselors. We feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community to partner with.

- Millard Public Schools

You have a top rate program – really national quality. I’m totally impressed.

- Lisa Fontes

At our last D2 Center Board meeting, I was describing the training and professional development we provide for our staff. At the top of the list was Project Harmony. Please know that you are providing an invaluable service to nonprofits in our community.

- Greg Emmel

Congratulations on the great media coverage of your Stewards class at Project Harmony on WOWT. You did a great job articulating the importance of prevention, and Susan was amazing too. Thank you so much for your partnership and all the important work you are doing.

- Cindy McElhinney – Darkness to Light

Just wanted to know that you made a difference in my life, and I will be using that momentum to make a difference in the lives of others. You are truly a rock star and a role model for me. Thank you for a new life I’m getting the chance to live.

- Anonymous

Many children through my caseload have received a backpack generously donated to the Project Harmony Triage Center. I have witnessed many faces light up when given the opportunity to pick out a new backpack, and I am very grateful for the generosity of the Junior League.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

I have never felt as valued at other organizations like I do at Project Harmony. I really feel that the culture of a working environment is incredibly important. If an employee feels respected, valued and supported, that person will likely give more to fulfill the mission.

- Javier Castellote

Nick and Javier were great teachers and role players. It gave us an opportunity to see how someone in that situation would have reacted to our questions. They did a great job at showing us the difference between sympathy and empathy.

- Anonymous

I was able to shadow Mr. Nick Zadina. He was in charge of dealing with abused kids and help them. I am thankful to know all the information I learned during shadowing because it was eye opening.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

The experience at Project Harmony was a deepening reminder of empathy that will be vital in my career as a nurse. I felt my perspective was widened on how others think, especially when discussing the assumptions we make.

- Anonymous

I didn’t know how many people work at Project Harmony, so I drew a lot to show how much Project Harmony means to me!

- Project Harmony Client

As difficult as a removal is on a child, the backpack they receive at Project Harmony provides a sense of belonging and hope. It truly is amazing something that seems so simple can change the perspective and shine light on these children.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

Great leadership for a wonderful cause with outstanding long-term goals. Keep on doing all the good you do.

- Bill & Jean O’Conner

Project Harmony is the reason I started my journey in college. I just finished my associates and I'm going for my bachelors now in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Y'all helped my daughter back in early 2013 and I knew what I wanted to do with my life — help children.

- LaLa Ann

A young lady who works in our field told me that she loved what we do here at Project Harmony — she had been to Project Harmony seven years ago for a forensic interview. She said her positive experience was the biggest reason she is doing the work that she is today.

- Trainee

I found out that my foster son is going to have a forensic interview here at Project Harmony soon. It’s been interesting being on the other side of things and feeling so reassured that the child I care so deeply about is in very caring and capable hands.

- Jessica Kroeker

Nick demonstrated how one person could impact a huge group of student nurses by just attending his presentation. He gave me the reason, the courage to act, and the knowledge how to save victims that I will face in my future nursing career.

- Anonymous

I recently attended the Testifying Training course. Since that class I have been subpoenaed three times, and I had to testify at each hearing. Without this class I would have been less than prepared and too nervous to be credible. Thank you so much!

- Jenny Lewis

You are part of the solution.

The cycle of abuse does not have to continue, but we can’t end it alone. Anyone has the power to be someone who makes our community a safe place for all children.

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