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89. Volunteers, 2003 Annual Report



90.  Jana Habrock — Early Childhood Mental Health Director

“Do the best that you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

This quote from Maya Angelo illustrates what Jana Habrock, director of early childhood mental health services, loves best about her role at Child Saving Institute.

“It really speaks to what I enjoy most,” she said, “and that is facilitating learning. I get to do that in multiple ways. Sometimes it is coaching a teacher or parent to see the real meaning of a child’s behavior and what to do about it; other times it might be discovering with my team a better way to support a child or family. I love how knowledge and new skills help children, parents — all of us really — to feel competent and strong. I truly believe when we know better, we provide better experiences for the children we all work with, live with, and love.”

CSI’s Early Childhood Mental Health programs include KidSquad and Pediatric Social Work.

Jana has been a leader in developing CSI’s understanding of and commitment to early childhood mental health. Jana developed the agency’s Pediatric Social Work program which operates in three low-income medical clinics in Omaha as an early intervention for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

The pediatric social worker in the clinics screens women with children between the ages of newborn and 5 for depression and the children for appropriate attachment and social/emotional growth. When a potential for problems exists, mothers are offered assistance to connect with the professionals and resources they need whether that be in-home services for help with parenting, counseling, an exercise program, a food bank, or other need.

KidSquad's services work to support quality early learning experiences in children's lives, with an emphasis on social/emotional development within their early care environments, individually, collaboratively with the family, and collectively with the professionals who provide care for them.

Though the work can be emotionally challenging, Jana said her belief that CSI makes a difference for the kids and families who are served is rewarding.

“Many of the children and families we work with have had really awful past experiences,” she said. “It makes my heart hurt. Good ‘self care’ and knowing that our work will help them helps us to keep our hearts open and empathetic.”

Jana has worked for CSI for 24 years! In that time, she has come to appreciate CSI’s flexibility and ability to adapt to the Omaha area’s changing needs, and new research and practices in the field.

Jana started at CSI as a lead teacher in the Early Childhood Development Center’s first multi-age classroom when the agency began collaborating with Early Head Start. She also served as coordinator of early childhood education for six years. Before joining CSI, she served as an assistant family teacher at Boys Town.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s certificate in infant-toddler mental health from Portland State University.


91.  KidSquad

The KidSquad program is a cross-agency program serving Douglas and Sarpy county children from birth to age 6 who attend licensed child care facilities or early childhood education centers that accept Title XX.

In addition, Child Saving Institute has two employees who work on location at Educare of Omaha, a low-income childcare facility attached to Kellom Elementary in North Omaha.

The program is designed to help ensure that children are kindergarten ready by addressing areas of concern before entering school. This can include social emotional behavior and developmental milestones.

Whether it’s your co-workers, children or grandkids, you know how critical consistent, quality childcare is to a family’s success. That’s why your continued support of Child Saving Institute’s KidSquad program is so appreciated. KidSquad provides support as well as the tools for families and childcare teachers who are working with little kids ages five and under with challenging behaviors.

Partnering agencies include: Center for Holistic Development; Early Childhood Training Center; Heartland Family Service; Lutheran Family Services; The Munroe-Meyer Institute; and Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare.


92.  KidSquad “Look What You Did Now,” Summer 2013 Your Legacy Newsletter

When (former) CSI mental health consultant Katie Ladd met 3-year-old Caleb in November 2010, he had been referred to KidSquad because he refused to follow directions, exhibited aggressive behavior toward his friends and teachers, threw tantrums, and struggled with transitions, like moving smoothly from lunch time to nap time, etc. Katie could see Caleb was very intelligent, but he lacked social skills and couldn’t handle ordinary frustrations. Caleb’s parents also experienced his frequent melt-downs at home and were very willing to partner with the school and teachers to ensure his success in school and life.

With their cooperation, Katie went into the family’s home and helped them determine when Caleb exhibited the most challenging behaviors and how they were addressing them. Katie prepared a poster for the family to put up in their home in order to help remind Caleb — and his older brother, 4 ½ — of the family’s expectations for good behavior. The poster included pictures representing messages like: “gentle touches are safe touches” or “we have walking feet” (meaning we don’t jump on the furniture or kick our brother).

Katie also prepared a schedule with pictures representing Caleb’s daily routine. Katie explained the schedule also served as a “neutralizer” for the adults, allowing them to say, “I know you don’t want to take a bath right now, but that’s what the schedule says, and after bath we’ll get to read
a special story” or other fun incentive.

With a system in place at home, Katie turned her focus to the classroom, helping Caleb to establish relationships with his teacher and classmates. She suggested bonding activities and encouraged the teacher to provide positive reinforcement, praise and coaching.

Over the next few months, Caleb transitioned into a calmer, much happier kid. He began to embrace the routine, participate in transitions, follow directions, express emotions appropriately and have fewer tantrums—at school and home. Best of all, Caleb entered Kindergarten last fall fully ready and able to learn and succeed.

“The KidSquad program is all about the power of relationships, starting with the young child and working all the way up to my relationship with the parents and the teacher and all of us working together,” Katie explains. “It’s all about the ability to create change through relationships.”

Like your relationship with Child Saving Institute and kids in need. Thank you.


93.  Glenda McKenna — KidSquad Consultant

 KidSquad Consultant Glenda McKenna helps children up to age 5 learn new ways to get their social and emotional need met without having to use challenging behavior.

Working with children in preschools and childcare facilities that accept Title XX funding in Douglas and Sarpy counties, Glenda assesses the needs of each individual child she serves through multiple perspectives. She will then work with the student, the teacher, and the family (if services are accepted) to address the behavior challenges and empower the child to get his/her needs met.

“I love that CSI stands by its beliefs,” Glenda said. “’Responding to the cry of a child’ is not just a slogan. It’s something that everyone who is employed by the agency tries to live by. We may have different opinions on how to accomplish something, but at the end of the day well all want to respond to the cry of a child and advocate on behalf of the child, the family and the systems around that child.”

Glenda personally knows how important it is to be there for a child who has to struggle with many systemic issues aside from everyday life. She was adopted from Guatemala at age 12 and had to learn English and adapt to a new culture with different social norms than she was accustomed to.

Glenda earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Metropolitan Community College, and a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before joining Child Saving Institute in 2015, she worked as an interpreter before becoming a family support specialist with the Visiting Nurse Association. She also served as a family support specialist with the Nebraska Children’s Home Society.



94.  Sarah Caldararo — Adoption and Permanency Specialist

Sarah Caldararo, adoption and permanency services supervisor, has a challenging and rewarding jobs at Child Saving Institute. She helps to create Forever Families — matching families who want to expand their home and hearts through adoption of a child through the State of Nebraska’s foster care system.

“My favorite part of my job is seeing Forever Families be formed,” Sarah said, “but more specifically, it’s seeing how the trajectory of a youth’s life can be completely changed by finding a single supportive person who loves and is committed to them. It’s amazing to see what a single person can do to change the outcomes for our youth.”

Sarah started working with children as a family support worker and as a behavioral tech at a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Omaha. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she joined the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a case worker. She also worked on the DHHS adoption team for several years and for the Foster Care Review Office. She has since earned her master’s degree in community based counseling from Wayne State College.

She joined Child Saving Institute five years ago.

“I think one of the hardest parts of my job is seeing how much young people can be affected by trauma and loss and, despite how hard we work, we can never undo the trauma they’ve experienced or the loss they feel,” she said.

Her team’s support for one another and dedication to the children they serve lift her spirits.

“I love seeing coworkers problem solve together and how they can lean on one another in a sometimes difficult field of work,” Sarah said. “I also love how CSI continues to grow and change their programs to meet the changing needs of our community.” 


95.  Erin & Steve, “A Legacy of Love” 2012 Annual Report

When Erin and Steve Palzer got married a few years ago, they never imagined their life—and living room—would be so full! But six years, six foster kids, one adoption and one pending adoption later and you can see their house is brimming with love, kids and pets—as well as baby dolls, princess gear, Barbie cars, Legos and Transformers.

The Palzers are the proud parents of Amarria, 3, who was adopted in November, 2010, and will soon welcome their son, Chris, 9, as a permanent member of their family when his adoption is finalized this fall. Oh, and you can’t forget chubby spaniel “Sparks,” who will wiggle her way onto your lap and into your heart within minutes of arriving at their home.

About a year into their marriage, Erin and Steve discovered they couldn’t conceive, but that didn’t stop their pursuit of a family. With private adoption and infertility interventions so costly, they decided to look into adoption—and opted to go with Foster-to-Adoption. They have been licensed CSI foster parents for just over three years.

“We knew from the beginning that not all of the kids would stay forever, but we just wanted a child in our home,” Erin says.

The Palzers had a foster son before adopting Amarria, and haven’t stopped fostering since. Erin says they hope to continue to be foster parents no matter how large their family becomes. In fact, last year they increased the number of foster children for which they could be licensed. They already had 2-year-old foster child “Cole” in their care when they learned their first foster son needed to placed in out of home care again—and now he had a little sister who needed a home, too.

In order to keep the young siblings together and allow their first foster son, then 4, to return to the familiarity of their home (where he had originally lived for a year), Erin and Steve selflessly gave up their upstairs, foster care “sanctioned” bedroom and moved to the basement. They took in both children for 15 months, working closely with the bio family in order to help them ready for the kids’ eventual return. The Palzers are so committed to successful reunification, they not only provided transportation for the family to see the children on all major holidays and birthdays, they encouraged the bio mom to call every night so the kids could share their day.

“We’ve worked really hard to have great relationships with the bio parents,” Erin notes. “I know there are foster parents who are wary of interacting so closely, but I think it’s the right thing to do and the best thing for the kids.”

The couple had the same attitude toward reunification when working with Cole. Erin, a nurse at Children’s Hospital, came to know Cole, then age 2, during his lengthy hospital stay as the result of severe abuse and neglect. After a month in the hospital, the toddler was placed in foster care with the Palzers. Cole’s biological mom had abandoned him shortly after birth, leaving the baby with acquaintances. Eventually, Cole’s biological father was notified of the situation. The young man didn’t even know he had a son, but stepped up to accept the challenge.

Erin and Steve were so committed to helping Cole’s dad prepare for the little boy’s eventual release into his care; they invited the young man into their home night after night to learn parenting skills and the bedtime routine of bath, story and bed. Cole’s dad was nervous, but the Palzers lavished him with praise and encouragement, rooting for him to succeed as a parent. Cole was with the Palzers for a year before going to live with his dad. Tragically, six months after bringing Cole home, the young man was shot and killed as the result of urban violence. Cole was then adopted by his paternal grandmother. Erin, who still has contact with Cole and all of the children she has fostered, reports that Cole, now 4, is a sweet, loving preschooler and is doing well under his grandma and aunts’ loving care.

Recently, when her foster sister and brother returned to their bio family, Amarria was lamenting she had no one to “play princess with” now that her little sister had left. Without missing a beat, her blond-haired, blue-eyed big brother Chris came to the rescue.

“I’ll put on a crown for you,” the fifth-grader offered. With Erin and Steve as his role models, it’s no wonder Chris instinctively responds to the needs of young children. In a few years, the couple plans to move to a bigger house with more room for more adopted children—and room for additional foster children as well. “We will continue to foster,” Erin says firmly. “We see the need and we want to do what we can to help kids. We can make their lives better.”


96.  Nebraska Heart Gallery

CSI operates the Nebraska Heart Gallery (NebraskaHeartGallery.org), in collaboration with Adoption Links, Lutheran Family Services and Nebraska Health and Human Services, featuring professional portraits of hard-to-place older children along with descriptions of their personalities and, in some case, videos in which they describe themselves and what they hope for in a Forever Family. 

Top local professional photographers volunteer their time and talent to capture each individual child’s spirit and personality in an effort to inspire an emotional connection with families and, hopefully, a forever home. The children are referred to the gallery through Child Saving Institute, Nebraska Children's Home Society, Lutheran Family Services, and Nebraska Family Collaborative.



97.  Child Saving Institute Fundamentals, 2017. “We’re All In!”

Child Saving Institute employee 12 fundamentals for work culture are:

  •   We do what’s best for kids
  •   We act in the best interest of those we serve
  •   We respect the dignity and worth of each individual
  •   We provide “knock your socks” off customer service
  •   We judge situations based on what our customers expect to happen
  •   We act with high integrity
  •   We are responsible and accountable for our actions and their consequences
  •   We are team players and work collaboratively
  •   We communicate professionally and effectively
  •   We are great problem-solvers with others and generate outstanding solutions.
  •   We are good stewards of agency resources
  •   We develop and demonstrate skills that support personal effectiveness


98.  "Programs and Services," Child Saving Institute Annual Report, 2000

The programs and services offered by Child Saving Institute focus on eight common goals.

  • Promoting the well-being of CHILDREN, continually demanding that each program provide "what's best for kids"
  • Recognizing that all children deserve to be part of a healthy family or a family-like setting
  • Supporting parents in being the very best parents they can be
  • Providing children who are out of their homes with the least restrictive care possible
  • Practicing a philosophy of self-determination in all services, honoring each person's right to make his/her own choices
  • Providing unconditional care to children
  • Collaborating with other agencies and programs in order to best serve children and their families
  • Maintaining high standards of quality in all aspects of all services.


99.  "Our Favorite Auntys," Spring 2017 newsletter

We’ve all had a favorite aunty in our lives. You know the one — she always brings treats and does things with you. She’s the fun one. She’s the one that bends the rules.

Child Saving Institute’s kids may never have had an aunty like that in their lives. Perhaps you were unaware of CSI’s group of caring, generous women whose sole purpose is to make sure that our kids get what they need.

Our Auntys make a commitment to the kids by making an annual tax deductible $500 gift to Child Saving Institute. Throughout the year, members help CSI clients with these funds.

“We really focus on the ‘extras,’” said Patty Tipler, Auntys member. “We provide the kinds of things that can’t be provided from a state or government grant.”

The Auntys meet quarterly over a meal to learn about issues that impact all children and how CSI’s programs address issues.
All that is required to join the Auntys is a love for children and belief in CSI’s mission “Responding to the Cry of a Child” and vision that “All children have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved.”

“What I like is that I can make a difference and stay involved but not be committed to running an event or taking on a major project,” Tipler said.
The best reasons to become an Aunty are:

  • You don’t have to plan any events, dinners or meetings – you’ve been there done that;
  • You learn about children’s issues impacting your children and your grandchildren;
  • You have the opportunity to ask questions, lots and lots of questions, and get answers;
  • You can advocate for those children’s issues most important to you;
  • You pool your resources to make a significant gift to a CSI program or client who needs a boost; 

To learn more or join the Auntys, contact Cali Page at cpage@childsaving.org.or 402.504.3661.



100.  Child Saving Institute Mission, Vision, & Values, 2017

Our Mission: Responding to the Cry of a Child

Our Vision: That all children have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved. This is our work, and they are ALL our children.

Our Core Values:

  • Do what’s best for kids
  •  Never give up on a kid
  • We can always do more for kids
  • Kids deserve strong healthy families


101.  Amy Wolf — Adoption and Permanency Specialist

Amy Wolf, adoption and permanency specialist, feels happy and satisfied when she finds the right adoptive families for kids in the Nebraska foster care system.

“I build strong relationship with the kids and families I work with,” Amy said. “I love to see what unconditional love can do for a child who has never really experienced it. It’s just amazing to watch the growth and change of the families as everyone settles in. It’s a cool experience to watch.”

It is very important to find the right family for a child available for adoption from the foster care system.

“Some of the kids have experienced a lot of trauma and spent years involved in the foster care system,” she said. “These kids are so deserving of a loving family but, because of the trauma and history, parenting them is no easy task and can seem very daunting. It takes a lot of work, and sometimes a lot of heartache, getting these kids to permanency, but when it happens, it’s really awesome.”

Amy joined CSI more than six years ago as a supervisor in the Emergency Shelter and transitioned to her current position several years ago.

“I am part of an awesome team,” she said. “We are there for each other 100 percent, whether covering a meeting, bouncing ideas off on another, or maybe just venting. I know that I can count on them. I also believe that everyone at CSI is here to fulfill and support our mission. Programs can come together and collaborate at a moment’s notice to help our clients.”

 Before joining CSI, she worked as a youth care professional at Uta Halee Girl’s Village and as a Behavioral Services Technician at Lasting Hope Recovery Center.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus in family studies from College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University.


102.  Angelica's Story, 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 James’ 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 and James. Katherine offered James the opportunity to participate in the program as well, though he declined. Katherine and Angelica talked about the importance of managing relationships with Marylyse and James 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.


103.  "Caren Lillie — A Lifetime of Support," Spring 2017 Legacy Giving Newsletter

Caren Lillile of Fremont, Ne., has a soft spot in her heart for all kids — especially those whose lives “are not going right.”

Caren learned about how Child Saving Institute helps kids long ago at First Christian Church in Fremont. That’s also where she met her late husband, John, his late parents Wallace and Blanche, (Wallace Lillie served on CSI’s board in the 1950s and1960s) and sister Virginia Lillie Acker.

Caren and John met as junior high students when her friend Sunny Hansen White invited Caren to attend a service at First Christian in 1956. Caren found a home in the church community and became a member.

John and Caren dated for several years and married March 26, 1966. At that time, she got involved in the Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) and really appreciated the time she spent with the older ladies in CWF. These women served as mentors and supporters of Child Saving Institute’s mission. The group often traveled to Omaha to deliver bottles, diapers, and other supplies needed. John worked full time outside the home while Caren provided in-home day care for neighborhood children, including Gessica Gdowski pictured at left with Caren.

Though they also sent annual gifts to support CSI’s  kids, she and John had talked for years about including the agency in their estate plans. John told Caren many times that after he retired they would take care of making their estate plan. Sadly, John died at age 64, just months shy of his scheduled retirement.  Shortly after his death, Caren met with their attorney to formally establish the plan they had discussed all those times. She had to ensure that she and their family (children Jason, now 48, and Tahnee, now 46) were protected and that CSI’s kids were included.

Her attorney had never heard about CSI. Well, Caren loves to talk about the important work that CSI does for children whenever she has the opportunity, so her attorney learned all about our agency and our programs and services.  He also heard her testimony about why it is important for individuals to provide gifts to support our work for our kids.

“I give a commercial for CSI whenever I can,” she said.  Child Saving Institute and our kids are ever grateful to Caren and John for loving us and providing for the future!


104.  "Blind Baby's Sight Restored," pre-1920

A few months ago a poor woman, poorly clad, came to the Institute with the most pitiable object ever brought. The baby had very little clothing, which was the poorest of sort and was in a frightful condition, needing a bath and suffering from hunger, with its eyes inflamed and swollen shut.

The woman explained that her husband had abandoned her three weeks previous to that time, and she thought he was gone to Mexico. She wanted to sign papers of relinquishment and start to Mexico in search of her husband.

The Superintendent inquired about the condition of the baby's eyes and insisted that she should go with a nurse to one of the oculists on the medical staff. When the physician saw the child, he expressed the opinion that it was too late to save the sight.

The mother explained that she knew the baby's eyes were sore and in a bad condition, but that since her husband abandoned her, she was without food a good deal of the time and was unable to provide food for the baby for several days, and she had no comfortable place to sleep. The baby cried most of the time. The mother had no money to pay to a doctor. The physician gave directions for treatment. The first twenty-four hours required the change of applications every twenty minutes, for the second twenty-four hours the applications were changed every thirty minutes, all night, as well as during the day, by the nurses. At the end of forty-eight hours the physician expressed hope that the baby would have at least partial sight restored and at the end of one week expressed the belief that the baby would be cured.

The persistent treatment which followed resulted in a complete cure and thus the baby's eyesight was restored and prevented thereby from going through life in total blindness and being a burden to the community. The physician gave the judgment that twenty-four hours longer of neglect and the child would have been totally blind.


105.  FREE Parenting Classes! 2017-2018

 Who should attend: Parents looking to strengthen the parent/child relationship.

FREE classes will be offered at Child Saving Institute, 4545 Dodge St., Omaha, 68132.

To register, please contact Ramey McNamara, rmcnamara@childsaving.org or 402-504-3638.

  • January 10, 2018: Communicating With Your Child
  • February 14, 2018: Healthy Nutrition
  • March 14, 2018: Helping Your Child Manage Their Emotions
  • April 11, 2018: Resource Fair



106.  "Ready to Launch," Fall 2012 Newsletter

This year, CSI’s Independent Living Skills (ILS) program has eight students attending college. It is an unusually high number, no doubt in part due to the ILS team’s diligence in getting the kids enrolled and helping them secure housing. However, the students have a challenging road ahead. Statistics show that only a small percentage of youth who “age out” of the foster care system will graduate from college.

Josh and Jake’s efforts to attend college are supported and encouraged by CSI ILS Specialist Meghan O’Brien who works with these teens and other state wards to help them acquire the skills they will need to succeed in life. Most 19-year-olds are unprepared for the realities of living on their own—especially those youth who haven’t known consistency, nurturing and compassionate support. Meghan and her fellow ILS workers teach the youth how to plan and manage their time and money; how to utilize available resources and complete applications to find housing, transportation, and employment; and how to learn to make educated life choices concerning nutrition,healthcare, parenting, and sexual responsibility. Most important, Meghan says, is to teach the young people how to create and maintain appropriate support networks.

“They need to know where to turn for help, and they have to learn to ask for help when they need it. Whether it’s family or individuals with whom you’ve created a family-like relationship, you have to learn to communicate and mend fences and keep working on relationships. I keep telling my kids, you have to keep connections—whether with teachers, family members, coaches, mentors… So when we step out, the attorney steps out, the State steps out, you have a support system to help you make life’s
tough choices.”


107.  CSI Snapshot, Annual Report 2004

Child Saving Institute served a total of 2,480 children, youth and their families last year through 16 different programs. “Snapshots” of our service include:

  • 628 children and youth were given emergency care, and nurturing compassion through CSI’s shelters;
  • 138 children, 26% from low income families, received the highest quality childcare services in the  agency’s Developmental and Treatment Childcare Program;
  • 27 children were adopted into loving, permanent families;
  • 180 children received unconditional love and care through our foster care programs;
  • 166 children met their educational potential thanks to the supportive services of our School and Family Enrichment collaboration with Omaha Public Schools;
  • 102 youth began their recovery from substance abuse addiction through the JOURNEYS partnership; 
  • And many other services were provided while continuing strong financial stewardship of our resources.


108.  Child Saving Institute Earns Reaccreditation, Dec. 2016

Child Saving Institute has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Accreditation demonstrates the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Child Saving Institute’s programs, services, management, and administration.

Child Saving Institute provides the following services: Child Welfare Services, Prevention Services, Emergency Services, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Mental Health Services.  

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement. 



109.  "Therapy Team Has 116 Years of Combined Experience," Fast Fact Friday, summer 2017

Child Saving Institute’s therapy team has 116 years of combined experience providing mental health services. Team members are trained in 10 specialized modalities of individual, family, or group therapy that research has proven to be most effective with children and families. These include:

• Parent Child Interaction Therapy
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Adoption Competent Therapy
• Play Therapy
• Eye Movement Desensitization
& Reprocessing Therapy
• Child-Parent Psychotherapy
• Trauma Focused-Cognitive 
Behavioral Therapy
• Behavioral, Structural, and 
Strategic Family Therapy
• Circle of Security Parenting(TM)

Learn more about our team members.

The team is now accepting referrals. Call Amy Paulson at 402.553.6000 to schedule an appointment.


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