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67.  "This is a Story of Growth,"  Building Tomorrow's Citizens Holiday Letter, 1945

The most permanent thing in the world is change—change is progress. 

The Child Saving Institute started in an abandoned livery stable with one little seven-year-old girl found homeless, wandering on the streets of Omaha. We have moved into larger buildings twice in these years. Almost 8,000 children have been cared for in these 53 years. They have been given strong, husky bodies, handicaps corrected, and opportunities for happy secure childhood for successful useful lives.

We have outgrown our present Home. The need demands more room. We need more playground. We need your help—we plead for your friendship that some day we may answer the call of all the children who need our services. Save the children and you save the nation. Christian citizens are in the making—a splendid investment.

What Your Gift Will Do

Gifts of supplies are always welcome, but because the needs of the children are so varied, the best assurance that all will be adequately cared for is a gift of a sizable check. What your DOLLAR will do at Child Saving Institute:

100.00 furnishes nursing care for one month

40.00 furnishes milk for one child for one year

20.00 furnishes bread for household for one month

15.00 furnishes orange juice for one month

15.00 furnishes cod liver oil for one month

15.00 furnishes sugar for one month

10.00 furnishes breakfast food for one month

10.00 furnished safety pins for one year

10.00 furnishes linen for the baby bed for one year

(These are necessities)

$300.00 Provides a Unit of Care

$25,000 will buy ground for New Home

25,000 will build new Isolation Cottage

50,000 will build new Home for employees

150,000 will build a New Home for Children



68.  Evell Thomas, post adoption and permanency specialist

Thirty-three years ago, Evell Thomas began working at Child Saving Institute, handling client intake and clerical work. Over the year, she has served as a social worker, a program coordinator, adoption pregnancy counselor, team supervisor, placement permanency specialist, and currently adoption permanency specialist.

In those roles, Evell has had the opportunity to serve children and parents from across the Omaha area and beyond, helping to create new families. She also acts as CSI’s post-adoption specialist, assisting adult adoptees obtain medical information they need and, perhaps, connecting them with their birth parents.

She enjoys helping families on their journey to become foster parents, providing Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanency – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training. TIPS-MAPP helps foster parents prepare for some of the challenges they may face and helps them become advocates for the kids in their care.

“I love seeing Forever Families formed each year on National Adoption Day in November and throughout the year,” Evell said. “My favorite moment is seeing children adopted into permanent, loving homes.”


69.  CSI's Post Adoption Service Orchestrates a Happy Reunion, "Lifetimes" newsletter, Fall 2002

After a scare with kidney problems, Karleen knew it was time to begin a search for her birth family. 

"Whenever I went to a doctor, I was unable to fill in the medical history," she said. "I always just told them I was adopted." In April 1998 Karleen came to Child Saving Institute for answers, but learned her adoption records were sealed. Only five states have unsealed adoption records. Nebraska is not one of them.

"I was sitting talking to the counselor," she said. "She had my records right in front of her. She had more information about me than I ever knew about myself — but I couldn't even look at it." Without permission from the birth mother, the only information Karleen could received was general information about her birth parents, such as height, weight, and time of birth.

With CSI's help, Karleen went through many stages looking for her birth mother. She searched for a year-and-a-half before telling her adoptive parents. With their backing and love, and the addition of a private investigator, CSI and Karleen continued the search. After three years, they finally located her birth mother, Pat, in Las Vegas.

"I had a rush of emotions when I found out. It was surreal," Karleen said. "I had feared that she wouldn't want to talk to me, that she would want to leave the past in the past."

In the first week of June, Pat received a message on her answering machine. As soon as she saw the 402 area code, she knew her child was looking for her. She promptly called CSI back, welcoming contact with her child.

"I had the feeling of satisfaction and completion," Pat said. "There was no panic. It was a very calm feeling of joy and thankfulness."

On July 7, Pat and her husband flew to Omaha to meet Karleen. Karleen waited anxiously at the airport through an extra hour of flight delays.

"Here I was holding a banner that said, 'Welcome Pat and Dan,' shaking because I'm so nervous, with a box of Kleenex in my arms. There were lots of tears."

When they met, it was like a mother seeing her newborn child for the first time. Pat felt the texture of Karleen's hair and smelled her scent. They even compared ears and toes.

"Do you see? We have the same ears," Pat said.

"It was so neat to see where my features had come from," Karleen explained. "Growing up as an adopted child, I never looked like anyone in my family."

CSI thanks Pat and Karleen for sharing their story. They both agree that their goal is to bring hope to other adopted children and birth parents.

"It was 20 years before I even told anyone what I had done," Pat said. "I was afraid of being rejected again, that people who knew me would reject me. It's been great to find the missing piece."

"Had my adoptive parents not been so supportive, I would not have had such a wonderful reunion," Karleen said. "It was an inspiration. Other parents should be as open."

The process to find each other was long and difficult. Both Karleen and Pat hope Nebraska will someday have adoption records open to the public so more reunions can be as "wonderful" as theirs.

*This story includes excerpts from The Grand Island Independent, July 14, 2001, edition.


70.  Letter from Audrey Drabbels to "Moments" Editor, March 2006 (edited for length)

To: Editor, Moments

When I was born in 1922, times were hard, and my birth mother (single and very young) placed me for adoption. She entrusted my life and welfare into the loving care of the Child Saving Institute of Omaha. Over the eleven months they cared for me there, the nurses of the institute grew to love me and affectionately called me Audrey Rose.

At the same time, at the far end of Nebraska, in the northwestern corner, a farm couple from the small rural community of Gordon eagerly awaited news that their adoption application had been granted. Upon hearing from the Child Saving Institute that I was to become theirs, John and Carrie Perreten packed up made the long trek across the state to finalize the adoption.

It was a happy time for my parents as they left the institute. I was given into their possession along with a few necessities for the trip back home, and my original birth certificate containing a few facts regarding my birth:

Child's given name: Elizabeth Grace Wood

Mother's name: Ethel Grace Wood

Mother's marital status: single 

Mother's birthplace: Liverpool, England.

The Perreten's quickly made a home for me on the family farm, and a new birth certificate was drawn up with the name they had chosen for me, "Audrey Grace Perreten."

I was blessed with a good life and in 1946, I married my childhood sweetheart, Virgil Drabbels, and we raised three children in the northwest Nebraska town of Hay Springs. We had the usual ups and downs, joys and sorrows of raising a family, but now our children, Gary, Joan and Susan, are all married and have children and grandchildren of their own. Virgil and I are very proud of our children, ten grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

After our children were grown, Virgil and I resolved to try to discover more about my family background. Unfortunately, ... the only thing we discovered was that my mother was one of 10 siblings.... Eventually we gave ....

Recently, as Virgil and I approached the celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary, we got astounding and wonderful news! Our son, Gary, ... had made contact with my birth mother's last remaining sibling, my 91-year-old aunt Marian.... Marian is still very active and was very happy to learn of the destiny of her "long lost niece."

Our whole family has been exuberant about sharing my "good news" .... as Aunt Marian gives me more ... information.

In my birth mother's English ancestry are men who were seamen and sea captains consigned in the English Navy or traders involved in commerce with other countries. They loved adventure and ... were hard working and noble men, one of whom was knighted by the Queen of England. After my birth mother's family arrived in America, ... they were writers, artists, poets, and musicians. My birth mother was a seamstress and owned a boutique where she repaired dolls and sewed clothes for them.

Aunt Miriam lovingly compiled and sent me an album of family photographs, ... which she called "The Wood Pile."  .... Tears welled up as, for the first time, I laid eyes on the images of my family members. My long help curiosity was quenched as I recognized resemblances between my birth mother's family and me and my children and their families. I can't help but reflect on these traits and images and marvel at the similarities in appearance and talent.

.... Now, at age 83, I have a sense of identity and fulfillment that has eluded me for a lifetime. I now have closure to the mystery of my roots.




71.  CSI Quartely Update, Spring 1984

The love and concern of a birth parent does not end at the signing of a relinquishment.


Once there were two women

Who never knew each other,

One you do not remember

The other you call mother.

Two different lives, shaped to make yours one,

One became your guiding star

The other became your sun.

The first gave you life

The other taught you to live in it.

The first gave you a need for love

And the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality

The other gave you a name.

One gave you the seed of talent

The other gave you an aim.

One gave you emotions

The other calmed your fears.

One saw your first sweet smile

The other dried your tears.

One gave you up — all she could do.

The other prayed for a child, and

God blessed her with you.

And now you ask me, through your tears,

The age old questions, unanswered through the years,

Heredity or Environment — which are you a product of?

Both, my darling, both

They’re just different kinds of love.


Submitted by a Birth Parent



72.  "Infant Care Available," Child Saving Institute Quarterly News, Spring 1988

CSI was one of the first day care centers in Omaha to offer infant/toddler care. to insure infants and toddlers receive all the attention they need, CSI maintains an outstanding one to four staff ratio. A daily routine incorporates the kind of flexibility needed when caring for infants. Detailed records of each child's developmental patterns are kept for all ages.

For educational coordinator Eloise Dillon, as well as parents, the health and happiness of babies largely depends on the quality of the staff and the environment they create.

"I really think it's the people," said Eloise. "People make the difference ... I go for experience first. some people are built-in baby people. If you're not the caring, nurturing type to begin with, you're never going to learn what you need to about childhood development.

"Once the right people are in place," explained Eloise, " the next key is keeping them and building the continuity and trust which is so vital in child care. CSI is blessed both with very low staff turnover and a high degree of trust by parents and children."

Child care supervisor Joyce Sorrels said staff loyalty is cultivated by hiring caring, concerned people. "Plus, we make it a pleasant environment for them to work in," added Joyce.

Elizabeth Dobmeier, group leader for the Infant Section, inspires trust with the warmth of her smile and the tenderness of her touch. The mother of five has been at CSI for seven years and applies a wealth of practical experience and just plain joy to child-rearing.

"I think you really have to be a special person to work with infants," said Elizabeth. "You have to be a patient, caring, giving person, and you have to be willing to give more than 100 percent of yourself. Children require a lot of personal attention. Once they get the attention they need, everything falls into place. I really enjoy my work."

In assessing each child's development, logs are kept to chart their day-to-day progress. the staff shares their observations with parents at the beginning or end of each day and compiles a written, monthly report. The reports address everything from children's fine and gross motor skills to their moods. "I think parents appreciate our record-keeping," said Eloise. "The log helps to clue them in on their child's progress and preserves the continuity of care between the home and the center."

To familiarize parents and children with the center, CSI offers an orientation day for new clients which helps establish a sense of trust from the very beginning of their relationship with the Day Care staff.


73.  Kathy Hubbard, Early Childhood Education Center Site Director

Kathy Hubbard loves kids. She loves seeing them meet goals and milestones. It’s no wonder she sought a job with Child Saving Institute’s Early Childhood Education Center upon graduating from college in 2009.

With a bachelor’s degree in education and human services, Kathy started as an assistant teacher/floater in an infant room. Ten months later, she became the lead teacher in that classroom, which changed to a multi-age classroom for infants and toddlers with Early Head Start the following year. She was promoted to site director in July 2013.

Though she is no longer a classroom teacher, she still values building relationships with the children and families enrolled in the center.

“Some of our families have been with us for years,” Kathy said, “sending multiple children through our program. Others choose us for their first-born when they have to go back to work.”

As site director, she also enjoys building relationships with staff and watching them develop professionally.

“They take pride in their work with children,” she said. “You can see where their passions lie and when they get excited about trying new teaching strategies. You can see their joy watching children hit milestones and learn something new … that ‘light bulb’ moment. Children are a joy!”

Kathy enjoys working at CSI.

 “It is such a diverse community,” she said, “and here, you have the opportunity to work with staff, children, and families from many different backgrounds. The work is heartfelt and intentional; continual quality improvement is used to measure client outcomes and we turn around and use that to better serve our children and families. Staff is given a platform to share their ideas and opinions and you have a hand in making a difference in the community.”

She also noted that, not only do Early Childhood Education Center staff build close relationships with the children and families they serve, they use resources and tools to measure child development and build the child’s love for learning at a young age.

“We have always provided our families with much more than the bare minimum and choose to participate in the National Accreditation for the Education of Young Children and Step Up to Quality to provide even better service,” Kathy said. “We have great partners like Early Head Start that allow us to reach out to even more families that need and are seeking early, quality child care and education.”



74.  "Babysitting? No. Developmental? Yes." CSI newsletter, March 1974

The 1:4 staff ratio at CSI strives each day through T.L.C. to combine "Good Child Care" with a carefully thought age and stage curriculum,. A center, such as this, supplies materials for stimulation ranging from crib mobiles to trikes.

For Master M, age 7 months, along with bottle feeding and frequent diapering comes motor development opportunities (daily exercises, fast moving about in the walkers, creeping about to explore space and a reachign out to manipulate a variety of toys of various textures, shapes and color). Introductory language experiences, besides just being talked to means sitting on a comfortable adult lap to enjoy "Baby's First Book." Baby M's latest eye-hand coordination achievement is being able to operate the pop out Surprise Box.

Toddler J, age 18 months, has become a skillful self feeder and is presently responding to toilet training — HOW DO WE KNOW? Pants get pulled down and we hear all day long "go potty, go potty." J is in the "I can do it myself and I, Me, Mine" stage. Sharing is not her thing. (In the midst of other toddlers) She finds many opportunities to explore space in boxes, barrels, and test her fast developing skills on the balance boards and climbers. Books, dolls, paper and crayons are all a part of her planned for experiences. Along with the established clear cut limits that must be consistent with this stage, little Miss J is moving toward a high level of independence, but also typical is her need to still sit on a lap occasionally to just be cuddled.

The CSI Staff — in answer to anyone who might inquire about establishing such a service, they would say that working with children under three, there must be nurturing, planning, acceptance, patience, approval, praise, and most of all the ability to help each child to feel secure and loved within his new world of group care.


75.  1998 Highlights, Child Saving Institute 1998 Annual Report

  • In 1998, Child Saving Institute started three new programs: Kids' Cottage Emergency Shelter, Therapeutic Foster Care and Home-based Services to the families of children in the emergency shelters.
  • Child Saving Institute was selected by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and implement an emergency shelter for twelve children and youth up to age eighteen in Nebraska City, NE.
  • The Child Saving Institute Board of Directors completed a two year strategic plan, which included agency marketing strategies and the development of a Human Resources program.
  • The Kids' Cottage expansion campaign project, "Caring for Kids," raised over $2 million (including $200,000 in in-kind donations), exceeding the goal of $1.5 million.
  • Out of eighty-four proposals, CSI was one of three finalists for the Suzanne and Walter Scott Omaha Award and received $25,000 for the SAFE (School and Family Enrichment) program, a collaborative effort with Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Other agency firsts:
    • number of employees increased to 100
    • operating budget increased to $2.8 million, almost 33% increase over 1997
    • number of programs/services increased to fifteen.


76.  Grampy Tom's Dream Come True, June 2008 Celebration & Dedication



77.  Child Saving Institute Guild, Substitute Santa, 2017

Each year, the Child Saving Institute Guild hosts its Substitute Santa program to ensure that the kids in families receiving services from CSI receive holiday gifts from their parents.

Substitute Santa serves children in foster care, therapy and the rest of CSI's programs along with their brothers and sisters. Staff members talk to the parents about what things the kids need and want.

The Guild Board and members have a list of gift items that they share with CSI's friends and anyone interested in making a gift to the program. See this year's list.


78. Substitute Santa Helps Refugee Family, 2016

The CSI Guild’s Substitute Santa program provides holiday gifts for the children who participate in agency programs and their siblings.

In fall 2016, Mia was a teen mom who participated in CSI’s Teen and Young Parent program. A senior in high school, Mia lived with her daughter, mother, stepfather and three younger siblings. This refugee family had relocated to Nebraska in early 2016, fleeing war-torn Syria with little more than the clothing on their backs.

Only Mia’s stepfather was working, so the family didn’t have money for winter gear, let alone presents. Mia and her siblings walked to and from school each day, piling on layers of clothing to keep warm.

Through the Substitute Santa program, the agency provided Mia, her daughter, and her siblings with winter coats, hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves for immediate use. They also received Walmart gift cards which they used for food, towels and other home necessities. Mia got diapers and formula for her daughter.

In addition , the family received holiday gifts for Mia, her daughter, and her three siblings! Mia’s parents were grateful  to have gifts for the kids and enjoyed wrapping them, with Mia’s help. They delighted in watching the kids open their gifts on Christmas Eve.


79.  Joanna Halbur, Clinical Supervisor

Joanna Halbur has served CSI’s kids and families since 2011. As the Clinical Supervisor for the therapy program, she provides program oversight in addition to providing therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families. She also oversees the Pregnancy Counseling program.

Joanna graduated from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Eagan, MN, in August 2006 with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Joanna is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (LIMFT) in the state of Nebraska. She completed additional training in Play Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Circle of Security-Parenting (COS-P). 

An Omaha native, Joanna earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University. As a Creighton student, she served as a post adoption intern at CSI. Upon graduation, she immediately pursued her graduate degree. Joanna lived in Minnesota for seven years and supervised home-based mental health services at an agency there. Joanna also provided mental health services to individuals, children, and families who lived in a homeless shelter in Minnesota. 

Joanna enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. She is passionate about supporting children and families on their journey to gain understanding and tools to help manage the difficulties in life.

“Everyone can learn, grow, and change,” Joanna said. “The key to healing is helping kids and their families find hope that their lives can be different, despite the trauma they’ve experienced.”

Joanna supports children and families as they build, strengthen, and repair their relationships by identifying and building upon the strengths already present. Building healthy relationships with parents and caregivers is the foundation for a child’s ability to develop healthy relationships later in life. 

Joanna is a member of the Impact from Infancy Treatment Team through Project Harmony.  Together with Jude Connelly, director of prevention services for CSI, Joanna received Project Harmony’s Kids First Award in 2016.




80.  "KKAR's Charlie & Mary help CSI help children," Moments newsletter, Fall 2001

Over the past days and weeks, Child Saving Institute has struggled to assist children, families, staff and friends through this time of sadness, fear, and anger. there are no easy answers or solutions. Regardless of age, it is important for people to talk about their feelings ... to have someone who will listen and hear, who will offer comfort and hugs.

On September 19th, Child Saving Institute and KKAR's  Charlie Stone and Mary O'Keefe worked together to produce a 7 pm radio call-in show for parents needing help talking to their kids about the New York tragedies. The panel of experts responding to calls included: Dr. Jack Wineman; Nancy Thompson, LMHP,;Sally Kaplan, CSI Director of Clinical Services; and John Davis, CSI Director of Residential Services. For one commercial-free hour Charlie, Mary and the panel listened carefully to concerned parents and responded with thoughtfulness, sincerity and warmth. Together, KKAR and CSI brought resources and comfort to worried parents.


81.  "The Gift of Time & Talent: Dedicated volunteers keeps on giving. CSI Insider newsletter, Spring 2010 

On a recent gray day, volunteers arrived as CSI ready to stuff and stamp a big mailing. The room was aglow, however, with the bright smiles and warmth of long-time CSI volunteers Joanne Heston and her husband Dale.

Born Patricia Ann Cooney in the summer of 1931, Joanne was adopted at nine days old from CSI. She says she always knew she was adopted, and remembers bringing dimes to put in Santa's stocking at CSI holiday parties since the time she was very small. (The dimes were used to buy presents for the orphans in the orphanage CSI ran at the time at 42nd and Emilie.) She also remembers boasting to school friends at age five that she was special because, "My mom and dad got to go down and pick me out!"

She joined an adoptive family with a stay-at-home mom, a father who worked for the railroad, and an 11-year-old big sister. She also gained some remarkable neighbors — people she still refers to as her "second family."

"When the Great Depression hit later that year, my dad lost his job and my family didn't know if they could keep me," Joanne said. "They just didn't have enough money to care for me. But a family named Johnson who lived next door brought over their milk and anything else they could spare so my family could keep me."

The parents of a son and daughter and the grandparents of three, Joanne and Dale will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in November. Throughout the years, the two have been loyal donors of time and treasure to CSI. In addition, Joanne has served as a spokesperson for adoption, dispelling myths and answering questions for school children.

"I think it's important to volunteer," Joanne says, laying another stuffed envelope on the growing pile that sits between she and Dale. "We've always volunteered here. Of course, we have more time now that we're retired. But I've always believed it's important to give something back to this organization that worked to give me a good life."



82.  Miss Universe 1957 was a CSI baby, 1967 History of CSI

Miss Universe of 1957, Carol Morris, 20, Ottumwa, Iowa, was an adopted child. Her life began in a depression-stricken home in Omaha. As a baby she faced poverty and privation. But because Child Saving Institute took her — and because a childless minister and his wife wanted a little girl to love — the life of Carol Morris reached this storybook climax in 1957. She was also named the most beautiful girl of the year, and three years before she had won a succession of honors. She was Iowa's entrant in 1954's Miss America pageant. In 1955 she was named Queen of American Sportmanship to preside over a Christian Bowl football game. So this little "depression baby," whom the Rev. and Mrs. LaVerne Morris adopted from CSI at the age of 3 years, had an admiring world at her feet during 1957. (Photo: Wikipedia)


83.  In 2016, the Triage Center at Project Harmony served 999 kids.


84.  65-year history report to Board of Directors, 1957 (Abridged)

During its sixty-five years of service over 10,000 children have been cared for during a critical period in their lives. Many eventually return to their own people when problems have been worked out or adjustments made. More than 2,500 children have been happily placed for adoption during these years and reports come to us regularly of the places which they have made for themselves. The service has been somewhat changed to coordinate with services provided by other newer agencies, in that of recent years intake is limited to pre-school age children.

As we complete sixty-five years and press on to even greater service, may the new entrance continue the tradition of never being closed to a child in need. How far reaching this service has been would be impossible to estimate. The experience of the past gives assurance that the needs of little children will be met with gracious response by their friends. the doors swing open to the future. there is nothing so worthwhile as making children happy.

The files show that children have been received from thirty-seven states and eleven countries outside the United States.




85.  Angelica & son benefit from Teen & Young Parent Program, 2017

Angelica was referred to the Teen and Young Parent Program at Child Saving Institute by a family support worker at another agency. Katherine Daviu, a family support specialist, began working with Angelica when her son Marcus was just a month old. He had been placed in foster care with his father Jame's grandmother, Marylyse, at birth because he tested positive for drugs. Angelica was granted supervised visits.

Angelica wanted to become a good mom for Marcus. At just 19 years old, she knew she was young and not prepared to become a parent. She told Katherine that she regretted her mistakes and wanted Marcus to have a better life.

 When Angelica started the CSI program, she was very soft spoken and had lacked confidence. She didn’t feel she had the right to express her opinion or desires for Marcus’ care because of her history. 

Once Katherine and Angelica began to work through the Growing Great KidsTM (GGK) curriculum, Angelica began to express her desires about Marcus’ care to Marylyse. Katherine and Angelica talked about the importance of managing the relationship for Marcus’ benefit. Angelica also learned the importance and value of co-parenting with James. By focusing on positive relationships with James and Marylyse, she built trust and was allowed to spend time with Marcus each day.

She also did the work required by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Nebraska Families Collarborative (NFC), keeping all appointments with her caseworker and passing her weekly drug tests. She gained full-time employment and received partial custody of Marcus. 

Katherine said she is proud of how much more confident Angelica is as a parent. Angelica enjoyed the GGK lessons, learning about developmental stages and how to play and bond with Marcus as he progresses through those stages. Angelica also attended several parenting workshops where she learned a lot about communication, overcoming her fears and expressing herself effectively with those around her.

Katherine said Angelica’s dedication to her son is obvious because she is willing to do more than what is required of her to gain custody. Marcus is meeting his developmental targets and is attached to his mother, lighting up when she picks him up for visitation. Angelica has started the process of gaining full custody of her son, and is on track to be discharged successfully by DHHS and NFC soon.


86.  Partial narrative of history slide show, circa 1966

Men who helped set the course of CSI included names such as Frank Caprenter and E.A. Cudahy, of commercial paper and meat packing prominence. By 1900 the Home was caring for 190 children a year; that year two large boys ran away and 15 infants died. Other sponsored activities included a kindergarten, sewing and cooking schools, reading room and Sunday School. The only free public school kindergarten in Omaha was to be found at CSI.

In 1910, 315 children were loved and fed. This is also the first mention of a maternity program. A prophetic statement was found in the annual report: "Experts in Child Saving work strongly advocate the plan of boarding out babies in private families, where not more than two should be kept in the same home, and more institutions and home for children refuse to admit little ones under 12 months of age."

By 1912 Mrs. H.H. Heller had succeeded Dr. A.W. Clark, who had retired to California. They had a new Home at 42nd and Jackson Streets, the present location. Dr. H.N. McClanahan, the Home Pediatrician, reported CSI had the lowest infant mortality rate of any similar institutions in the U.S.; 16% compared to the national average of 40%.


87.  1995 Program Highlights

  • CSI and Omaha Public Schools received $470,000 over a three-year period from an Innovations in Education Grant for the School and Family Enrichment (SAFE) program. The school identify children displaying problems in the classroom. The children are referred to CSI with a goal to improve family functioning and the elimination of problems in the classroom.
  • Family Connections — An intensive family preservation service provided in alliance with other behavioral health agencies, started in November. Because of the intensity of the work, five families is a full caseload, and by January 1996, CSI was at full caseload capacity.
  • CSI continues to be a leader in adoption philosophy and programming. this year's post-adoption statistics were:
    1. Picture/information exchanges — birth families, 250;  adoptive families, 229
    2. New inquiries — 159
    3. Medical/social histories and searches — 70
  • Individual and Family Therapy/Parenting Education — CSI's therapy services continue to provide high quality counseling services to children, parents and family with issues related to parenting. The full-time therapists who works two days out of the Bellevue Multi-Service Center has training and art therapy certification. She utilizes those skills with children in therapy and also in consultation with the Crisis Center. The age of Medicaid/Managed Care has brought its challenges to our small division of therapy services, however the staff is becoming more and more familiar with the new system and referrals continue at a steady pace. Parenting education classes were offered consistently throughout the year.


88.  Major Goals for 2002

  • Programs — To adapt programming in the Emergency Shelters, home based services and therapeutic foster care to meet community needs and, at the same time, have a funding source that covers cost.
  • Fundraising — To continue to increase operational and planned giving dollars facing the challenges of the health of the economy, increased competition and donor demands.
  • Strategic Planning — A strategic plan will be developed in 2002.



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