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The New Face of Adoption

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Today, the new face of adoption looks less like the Gerber baby and more like Brend'n, a charming, shy-but-talkative 11-year-old who enjoys playing football and soccer, spending time at the park, and playing video games. Brend'n, along with nearly 200 other children in the Omaha area, is legally available for adoption and awaiting a forever family.

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KidSquad Helps Struggling Families

Published Monday, March 2, 2015

Beautiful, blonde Caden, the little boy with the ear-to-ear grin, enthusiastically entered second grade last fall eager to learn. He has come a long way since his mom, Tara, was called away from work to find then-Kindergartner Caden being restrained on the floor in the principal’s office.

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Innovative Therapies Help Kids

Published Friday, October 24, 2014

Their offices are overflowing with toys, hair gel, buckets of sand, games, art supplies, yarn babies, and puppets. And sitting atop their cubicle walls like soldiers at attention are plastic bottles of viscous fluid and glitter...slowly, slowly settling to the bottom. Whereas Freud had his couch, the therapy crew at Child Saving Institute use these items as their "tools of the trade"—the trade of healing children who are struggling to overcome neglect and abuse.

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Independent Living Program: Angie

Published Thursday, August 28, 2014

Angie, 17, has been through a lot in her young life. When she was six, she and her two siblings were removed from their home and placed in the foster care system. While in foster care, Angie lived in “seven or eight or nine homes” (she doesn't remember the exact number) until she was 11.

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Fostering & Adopting Older Children

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Terry and Lillias Freeman-Hogan and their four children were living an already-full life in Kansas City 16 years ago when they were confronted with a life-changing decision: whether or not to help a frightened teenager who was living in a homeless shelter. Jason, 17, was a friend of the family’s two oldest children, and was scheduled to "age out" of the system within a few weeks when he turned 18. The girls saw their friend was suffering and wanted to provide him a safe place to "crash" for a bit. "We were not surprised they would think this way," Terry explains. "We had always raised our kids to give back and help where you can. We’d told them, 'You are part of a larger group.' Well, they took us up on it."

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Give Teen Boys a Chance

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

André used to cover his head with a pillow to block out the sounds of violence and terror that came from the adjoining room where his parents slept—and fought—day after day. He used to wish, even pray, to be someplace else where it was safe and quiet. Now, years later, he lives in a group home. At 17, he has been in the foster care system for nearly 8 years, and had to be removed from his last foster home because the kind middle-aged woman who had cared for him is now fighting cancer. Although the group home is okay, he now fears he will age out of the system in 14 months with no support system.

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Partnering with Parents

Published Monday, February 3, 2014

Samantha Richardson knows the value of a good education. Sam graduated from College of Saint Mary in December and is currently pursuing a career in teaching. Because of her passion for quality education, she enrolled her son, Walter, now 3 ½, in the Early Head Start program at Child Saving Institute’s Early Childhood Education Center when he was 9 months old.

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These Parents Make Adoption Look Easy

Published Thursday, December 19, 2013

“When Marty at Child Saving Institute called me, she said, ‘I have to tell you about this young lady,’” Angela Washington recalled. “‘She’s reserved, shy. She doesn't like touching much. Will you meet her?’ I said sure.”

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A Family for Cameron

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clouds were roiling outside, but inside the two-story home with a big front porch, it was sunny—if not serene. The Short family home is brimming with life, both human and animal. Two large greyhounds, two cockatiels, a rat and a tortoise greet visitors with woofs and squawks. Throw in two busy parents and four lively kids, and the atmosphere is colorful and chaotic and the PERFECT home for a once-lonely little boy.

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KidSquad in the Community

Published Tuesday, November 5, 2013

You would never guess the magical world of learning and fun that lies behind the front door of a well-maintained white frame house in a quiet north Omaha neighborhood. At Purposely Created Childcare & Learning Center, LLC, everyone is learning—teachers and toddlers alike.

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Sharing Our Gifts

Published Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's not every day you meet a couple with so many meaningful connections to Child Saving Institute.

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For the Love of Children

Published Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"The reason I got involved in child issues is right on that shelf," he said, pointing to a photograph of a pretty young woman holding a baby. The woman is his daughter, Kristine, whom he and his first wife fostered and later adopted, starting when she was three years old.

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The Mission of Service

Published Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On a recent visit, Wilma and Bob Hauptman talked about their relationship with Child Saving Institute. We had only just sat down in their lovely apartment, when Wilma, her bright blue eyes sparkling, began talking animatedly about their long association with the agency. "Why would Bob and I want to be part of Child Saving Institute?" she asked first thing. "Well Bob was Chairman of the Board of Directors when they were still an orphanage on Emile Street, and we have watched it proudly as it has grown to be such a necessary and vital part of our city and our community."

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