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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Community has made Christmas special at Boys Town Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Community has made Christmas special at Boys Town <p><em>This article is written by Deborah Hulinsky. It was posted to </em><a href="https://www.theindependent.com/opinion/letters/community-has-made-christmas-special-at-boys-town/article_1c975f06-fff7-11e8-8d8b-833639ddcf3e.html" target="_blank"><em>theindependent.com</em></a><em> on December 15, 2018.</em></p><p>"It takes a whole village to raise a child" is an African proverb that is frequently used to describe how children are influenced by the many people who touch their lives. This is especially applicable to the work we do at Boys Town Central Nebraska through our many programs.</p><p>This past year, Boys Town has been blessed beyond words by the generosity of our community. We were able to raise enough money from donors across the region to completely renovate the kitchen of our shelter in Grand Island. The remodeling started on Nov. 19 and we hope to complete it the last week of December. During the construction, the community stepped up once again to provide every lunch and every dinner for the kids in our care.</p><p>Christmas is a special time for the children at our shelter and for all those we serve through our programs. The children experience what some of them describe as "the best Christmas I have ever had." This is not just about the gifts they receive; it's about the love that's behind those gifts and all of the fun activities they enjoy during the holidays. Once again, this is all possible because individuals and organizations in our community come through every year to donate many nice presents through the Giving Tree at the Conestoga Mall and different clothing drives, bring treats to our kids and spend evenings with them.</p><p>I would like to thank the "village" of Grand Island and surrounding communities for all of their contributions in helping to raise the children we serve. I am proud to live in such a caring and giving community that wraps its arms around those in need, both during the holidays and throughout the year.</p><p>Have a Merry Christmas and blessed new year!</p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZNewsCentral Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Grand Island unveils new Community Schools program Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Grand Island unveils new Community Schools program <p><em>This article is written by Alex Whitney. It was posted on </em><a href="https://nebraska.tv/news/local/grand-island-unveils-new-community-schools-program"><em>nebraska.tv</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Bridging the gap between services and education, Grand Island Public Schools unveiled its new community schools program at Lincoln Elementary school today making them the first school in the city designated as a community campus.</p><p>But what does that mean to be a community campus?</p><p>It means that educators at Lincoln Elementary will be able to partner with community organizations like the Heartland United Way and Boys Town to provide services to their students that they typically wouldn't get directly from the school.</p><p>Dental services, access to social workers, and a variety of other programs are planned to give parents a central resource for everything they need to make their students successful.</p><p>"A lot of times we find its more convenient for families to be involved and engaged with their students when they are in their neighborhood school. So I think the key word in community schools is unity. How do we garner a number of different organizations to come together to provide additional supports our students and families desire," said GIPS Superintendent Tawana Grover.</p><p>While students come first, the new community school campus will work as a resource for families as well and part of the program is developing school campuses that parents, like Angie Martinez whose son attends Lincoln, can feel just as comfortable there as their students.</p><p>"You just go through the door and everyone says hello to you so its very comfortable. And you know all the moms that are here are friends because we see each other all the day so it feels like home you just enter and can say hello everybody," said Martinez. </p><p>The idea of community focused education isn't new for Lincoln Elementary school.</p><p>Lincoln principal Maureen Oman has always had a focus on bringing community resources into school for her students.</p><p>"We really wanted to partner with the community because they wrap their arms around us and they help us. One of the other things is we have a lot of people in our actual community who want to do things. And I just had some unique connections we started with the GI Free Church and they said can we do something for you? So those partnerships naturally aligned and that was the big push," said Lincoln Elementary principal Maureen Oman.</p><p>Friday's announcement is just the beginning of the Community Schools program in Grand Island, and the district hopes to expand the programs available and grow the number of schools so every quadrant of Grand Island has a community school nearby.<br></p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Grande Island School" src="/locations/north-florida/Banners/GrandIslandschools.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Starling joins Boys Town Central Nebraska staff Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Starling joins Boys Town Central Nebraska staff <p><em>The following was posted to </em><a href="https://www.theindependent.com/news/business/people-in-business-for-sunday-dec/article_f888cbc6-0010-11e9-a7c9-5b13d4229663.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>theindependent.com</em></span></a><em> on December 15, 2018.</em></p><p>Dr. Carley Starling is the new clinical psychologist for Boys Town Central Nebraska, an affiliate of the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home.</p><p>Starling will lead the organization's mission of saving children and healing families in the Central Nebraska community, based in Grand Island.</p><p>She is a licensed psychologist with more than 10 years of experience working with children and families with a variety of challenges. She completed her doctorate in Colorado in clinical psychology, with a concentration in neuropsychology.</p><p>Starling started her own clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families, before she relocated to Nebraska with her family.</p><p>Boys Town Central Nebraska is located at 3230 W. Wildwood Drive. Starling can be reached there at (308) 381-4444</p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZNewsCentral Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Compass has helped 100 children find forever homes, something that was celebrated on National Adoption Day Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Compass has helped 100 children find forever homes, something that was celebrated on National Adoption Day <p><em>This article is written by Mary Jane Skala. It was posted on </em><a href="https://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/compass-has-helped-children-find-forever-homes-something-that-was/article_ab2cffc8-edaa-11e8-ad16-57144900bc50.html"><em>kearneyhub.com</em></a><em> on November 21, 2018. </em></p><p>Kearney — After Webb and Meghan Antholz lost their newborn son in 2010, they struggled. Then they had an idea: They could become foster parents.</p><p>"We always knew there were kids out there who needed a home, so we decided that fostering was going to be the path we would travel down," Meghan said.</p><p>She hasn't looked back.</p><p>In April 2017, three little girls came to live with them as foster children.</p><p>On Oct. 31, the couple adopted the three. They are Jane Everleigh, 5; Josalynn Davina, 4, and Jalissa Joyce, 2. "I consider us lucky to have found our perfect family the first time out the gate," Antholz said.</p><p>Adopting three children brought the couple new challenges, but those were softened as they all got to know each other and developed a routine.</p><p>Jane and Josalynn started preschool shortly after adoption, "and it was awesome to see them succeed and learn new things," Antholz said.</p><p>Special, too, was celebrating Jalissa's first birthday. She came to live with them when she was 9 months old.</p><p>"Seeing her grow and develop her own personality has been one of the biggest joys," her mother said.</p><p>On Nov. 3, the couple had a party to introduce the girls to their family and friends. Last Saturday, they celebrated at a National Adoption Day party at First United Methodist Church that celebrated the adoption of 27 children in Buffalo County in 2018. Hosted by Buffalo County judges Gerald Jorgensen and John Rademacher, the party included entertainment and games, a photo booth, a cake walk, prizes, and food. The official National Adoption Day was Nov. 16.</p><p>"Fostering can be the hardest job you take on, but it can also be the most rewarding job you take on," Antholz said. "I would tell parents to be prepared for just about anything and everything. You never know what you will face with kids and what trauma they have faced."</p><p>The Antholz family worked with Compass, a non-profit agency at 514 W. 11th St. that works with foster and adoptive families. The three Antholz adoptions, and two others by a Kearney family this fall, marked 100 adoptions handled by Compass in the last five years. Compass was founded in 2007 to support families in crisis.</p><p>"For every child who has been adopted, many more have been successfully reunified with their biological families," said Savannah Lyon, a Compass project lead.</p><p>Lyon, who is responsible for communications, fundraising and marketing for Compass, said the agency initially focused on finding transitional homes for older teens. "Until about five years ago we only had a handful of foster homes and we had fewer than 35 placements," she said.</p><p>Today the agency oversees more than 50 families in 23 Nebraska counties who are serving nearly 80 children in foster care.</p><p>"In these past five years, our partnerships with families willing to share their home with children in need has increased significantly. As we have shared the need, families have responded. That speaks a lot to the generosity and kindness of our community. We are grateful to have so much support from individuals, families, churches and businesses to make this work possible," Lyon said.</p><p>On Nov. 13, as part of National Adoption Month this month, Mayor Stan Clouse issued a proclamation to three staff members from Boys Town Central Nebraska at 620 E. 25th St. who work with foster families. The three were Ana Schroeder and Melissa Kometscher, both foster family service consultants, and Shawna Hammond, a foster family services supervisor. The three recruit and train new foster parents and help them through the licensing process. They also help place foster children and conduct monthly consultations with the foster child(ren) and the foster parents.</p><p>Boys Town also has a site in Grand Island that provides services for foster care and in-home family services. It operates a shelter there. The work is headquartered at 101-year-old Boys Town in Omaha.<br></p>2018-11-28T06:00:00ZNewsCentral Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Foster Parent Appreciation Month: The McPhersons Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Foster Parent Appreciation Month: The McPhersons ​<p> <em>​This article is written by Sydney Edwards. It was posted on <a href="http://nebraska.tv/news/local/foster-parent-appreciation-month-the-mcphersons" target="_blank">Nebraska.tv</a>; Friday, May 18, 2018.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p>May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month and in Nebraska, thousands of kids are still looking for that parent figure.</p><p>One family has worked to make those numbers a little smaller by making their family a little bigger.</p><p>The McPhersons always wanted kids. When it didn't work for them on their own, they took in two children through foster care."</p><p>Little Miss Mia was even younger when Gena and Cedric McPherson adopted her.</p><p>Her little brother Brody was already apart of the McPherson family.</p><p>"We took on little Mr. Brody straight from the hospital and then miss Mia was already in foster care and we were able to have her move in with us as well and then eventually adopt them, so," said Gena.</p><p>Gena was not new to how the foster care system worked. She said her parents had fostered when she was younger.</p><p>Cedric however, said he was a little wary at first.</p><p>"I had some reservations of you know, not being able to take care of the kids or the kids were going to be so far troubled that you know, it was something that I couldn't handle," said Cedric.</p><p>After what took the family around six months of training and licensing, Cedric said fostering seemed less intimidating.</p><p>"It was nice to know when I got into the training and got involved with everything, just kind of took those first steps just to kind of check it out, was to know that I had a support system," said Cedric.</p><p>Little Miss Mia does not remember much about being in foster care, but she knows she was fostered once before the McPherson's and that she is now with her forever family.</p><p>"What would you say to a child that hasn't found theirs yet but is looking for their forever family," asked NTV News Reporter Sydney Edwards.</p><p>"Keep looking for your new parents," said Mia.</p><p>If you want to grow your family and fostering is something you have considered, the McPhersons said calling your local DHHS or Boys Town office and checking out your options can be a big help. </p><p>For a look into foster care from a child's perspective, you can check out <a href="http://nebraska.tv/news/local/one-girls-journey-through-foster-care">Kloreace Linke's story.</a>​</p>2018-05-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="McPhersons" src="/news/PublishingImages/McPhersons.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Central Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A look into the foster care system Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A look into the foster care system <p><em></em><a href="http://nebraska.tv/news/local/a-look-into-the-foster-care-system" target="_blank">This article is writte by Sydney Edwards. It was posted on Nebraska.tv  Friday, May 18, 2018.</a></p><p>A system in the United States that brings children to their forever home: Foster care.</p><p>According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foster care affects over 500 children in central Nebraska alone.</p><p>Deana Peterson with the Department of Health and Human Services said the goal of placing a child in foster care is to make it as easy as possible for the child.</p><p>That means finding a new family for the child is not their first choice.</p><p>Peterson told NTV News that they first look for family members, teachers or friends in the community to take children in.</p><p>"We try to keep the kids in their same school district if at all possible, same doctors, day cares, those sort of thing's so that they're not having everything in their life change," said Peterson.</p><p>Peterson said she notices the need for foster parents even more when she sees how many older children are still without a home to call their own.</p><p>Fannye Placke with the Grand Island Boys Town told NTV News that becoming a foster parent might be easier than you think.</p><p>"So as far as becoming a foster parent, I mean really anyone who has space... Anyone who has time and I mean really, the heart for children. Really anyone can be a foster parent," said Placke.</p><p>Placke said it is a case-by-case basis, but if the backgrounds check, checks out, there are just a few other important steps one needs to take.</p><p>If you are interested in hearing more about foster care and adoption, you can check out the McPherson family's story.</p>2018-05-22T05:00:00ZNewsCentral Nebraska;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | One girl's journey through foster care focuses on perseverance Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | One girl's journey through foster care focuses on perseverance <p><em></em><a href="http://nebraska.tv/news/local/one-girls-journey-through-foster-care" target="_blank"><em>This article is written by Sydney Edwards. It was posted on Nebraska.tv  Friday, May 18, 2018.</em></a></p><p>With more than five thousand children in the foster care system statewide, one of your friends, classmates or neighbors could be someone who has gone through it.</p><p>But what is it like for children to be in the foster care system?</p><p>In Kloreace Linke's case, her time in foster care was about perseverance and triumph.</p><p>She was 16 years old and the oldest of her four siblings.</p><p>Linke said her and her family were living what was a normal life until it suddenly changed.</p><p>"Five including me were able to be placed in the same home. It was a special placement, a case-specific placement and so we ended up living with one of my high school teachers and her husband and daughter," said Linke.</p><p>At the time of their adoption, Linke's youngest sibling was around 5 years old.</p><p>However, not long after the adoption, Linke's parents won custody back of her siblings.</p><p>But she stayed in her new home and worked on taking care of herself, which is something she said many foster kids need to keep in mind.</p><p>KEARNEY, Neb. — With more than five thousand children in the foster care system statewide, one of your friends, classmates or neighbors could be someone who has gone through it.</p><p>But what is it like for children to be in the foster care system?</p><p>In Kloreace Linke's case, her time in foster care was about perseverance and triumph.</p><p>She was 16 years old and the oldest of her four siblings.</p><p>Linke said her and her family were living what was a normal life until it suddenly changed.</p><p>"Five including me were able to be placed in the same home. It was a special placement, a case-specific placement and so we ended up living with one of my high school teachers and her husband and daughter," said Linke.</p><p>At the time of their adoption, Linke's youngest sibling was around 5 years old.</p><p>However, not long after the adoption, Linke's parents won custody back of her siblings.</p><p>But she stayed in her new home and worked on taking care of herself, which is something she said many foster kids need to keep in mind.</p><p>"Their world is just flipped upside down and to be able to take care of themselves and understand that asking for help for themselves is okay, that they don't always have to be cleaning up everyone else's mess," said Linke.</p><p>Kloreace Linke is now 23 years old with a psychology degree. She said her foster family and the resources she had from the Central Plains Center and PALS helped her get there.</p><p>Now she is on her way to getting an Education Specialist degree in school psychology.</p><p>"I think I found my calling because I'll be able to advocate for maybe kids who are in foster care and do some of that early intervention."</p><p>Kloreace Linke gives another piece of advice to any child in foster care: Find someone you can trust and trust them.</p><p>She said sometimes it is hard to believe someone when they say they will be there, but you can find someone that will help you through it.</p><p>For a look into foster care from the administrative side, you can hear from Department of Health and Human Services and Boys Town representatives <a href="http://nebraska.tv/news/local/a-look-into-the-foster-care-system" target="_blank">here.</a></p>2018-05-22T05:00:00ZNewsCentral Nebraska;#