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Child Saving Institute: Foster Care

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4,341
The number of children ages
0-18 in Foster Care in
2012 in
Nebraska.
40% of Nebraska's foster
youth live in Douglas County.
Foster care is
NOT
the child 's choice.
CHILD
ABUSE

NEGLECT

19 %
19 %
PARENTAL
DRUG
ABUSE

41%
PARENTAL
ALCOHOL
ABUSE
17%
PARENTAL INCARCERATION
18%
SUBSTANDARD HOUSING
32%
DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE
22%
Meet Arianna
A child's world becomes
unpredictable. Trust and
thinking abilities may be
impacted, leading to
behavioral problems, being
over-medicated
and
under

protected
.
A child is a blessing...
But not everyone sees them as such....
When she was two,
she was given up
for adoption.
She found her forever family....
At age 12, life took a turn once again.
Her mom was abusing drugs...
....and Arianna was being abused by her mom's boyfriend.
Arianna was placed back into the foster system.
Arianna developed significant behavioral issues.
This is very common in foster care system.
Children are often over-medicated.
Because of her behavioral issues, she was prescribed medication to calm her behavior.
Reasons children are put into foster care...
Child Saving Institute: Foster Care

Sara Borowiak
Dawn O'Shea
Kevin Peterson

Arianna was bounced around from place to place.
With the help of therapy, Arianna realized she needed to make a change.
Her aggression is under control and has found a good foster home.
In Nebraska,
children age out at 19.
Last year,
307
children aged out of foster care in Nebraska.
Of the 307, these are the predicted statistics regarding their
futures
...
of the young women will be pregnant by age 21.

will be on their second pregnancy.

71%
62%
of the young men will be arrested at least once by the age of 26.

80%
of the young men will be convicted of a crime

60%
will achieve a two
or four year degree.

will not finish
high school

42%
2-4%
of those 307 will have steady employment by the age of 26.

48%
Only
20%
of those who age out will be homeless by the age of 21

Starting after January 2014, LB 216: The Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act will be enacted in Nebraska.

A young adult will be provided with government assistance extending to age 21 if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

Employed at least 80 hours per month.

Completing secondary education.

Participating in a program or activity to remove barriers to employment.

Unable to do any of those things because of a medical condition.
Currently 63 children in their foster care program.

Priority Problem:
There is a
stigma
on teens in the foster system.

“IT’S THEIR FAULT”

POOR BEHAVIOR
“THEY’RE TOO FAR GONE”
“TOO BROKEN”
Our Goal:
Decrease the stigma regarding fostering of teens.
Reach out to 10 other agencies in Omaha and compare their marketing strategies to recruit new foster families.
Intervention:
Evaluation:
Findings:
What can WE do as nurses?
ADVOCATE
REPORT

COLLABORATE
Meet some kids who are currently up for adoption...
Arvoni, 16
But in December, Arianna will turn 19....
Would like a family with "lots of unconditional love."
Beatriz, 16
Dreams of becoming a Pediatric NURSE!
Briana, 16
Would like to stay in contact with her sister.
Britany, 17
Would like a family who will listen to her.
Cardie, 15
Dreams of playing basketball when he grows up.
Elriana "El", 16
She longs to be part of a family she can call her own.
Tracy "Trace", 17
Has a huge heart and very creative spirit.
Melissa, 18
Believes that people should be allowed to be unique and express beliefs without fear.
Kimberly "Kimmy", 17


Wants a family that provides unconditional love and commitment.
Dakota, 16
Dakota has siblings that he would like to remain in contact with through phone calls and letters.
Stephaney, 18
Dreams of becoming a neonatal NURSE!
Rue, 17
Very helpful around the house and uses cleaning as a coping skill.
Every child deserves a "Forever Family"
Spread the Word
Enrolled in post-secondary education.

If a young adult does not choose to comply with one of these five criteria, their fate will be left to chance.
childconnectne.org
APEX Foster Care
References

Berning, Lindsey (2013). Proposed bill would help youths aging out of foster care. News Net Nebraska. Retrieved from http://neappleseed.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/02/LB216-fact-sheet_final.pdf

Caldararo, Sarah (2013). Meet the Children. Nebraska Heart Gallery. Retrieved from http://www.nebraskaheartgallery.org/meet-the-children/

NE Appleseed (2013). LB 216: The Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act. Retrieved from http://neappleseed.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/02/LB216-fact-sheet_final.pdf

Nebraska Foster Care Review Office (2013). The Nebraska Foster Care Review Office 2012 Annual Report. Retrieved from http://www.fcro.nebraska.gov/pdf/publications/annualreport/2012/fcro-annual-report.pdf


NOVA
NE Children's Home Society
OMNI
for the child’s best interest.
suspected neglect/child abuse.
with the foster child’s healthcare team to express any suspected needs.
*Top foster care marketing strategies in Omaha to emulate.
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