Part Three of Taking A Closer Look at the Child Welfare System: Partners, Providers, and Change Makers

We believe Nebraska’s child welfare system should support, uplift, and strengthen all youth and families it interacts with, especially including youth and families of color that the system disproportionately targets and harms.

There are a lot of incredible individuals, organizations, and work happening in and around Nebraska to educate, improve, and support those touching the child welfare system, especially from a Race & Equity perspective. Below are just a few of the many that we encourage you all to check out, as well as some suggested educational resources to take in: 

Local Direct Services, Supports, & Programs

  • Carol’s House of Hope – Transitional living for young women and mothers who have aged out of foster care or who have become homeless. 
  • CULXR House – Community hub providing space for artists and activists, including youth, to perform, grow, present, and advocate. 
  • Girl’s Inc. – Provides programs and education to girls (5-18) in Omaha, encouraging them to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold,” through STEM and health education, after school activities, and provides counseling and other services.
  • Latino Center of the Midlands – Community center providing services for the Latino Community in Omaha through educational support, workforce development, leadership opportunities, and family and community well-being services.
  • Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition – Community health care and services for urban American Indian and Alaska Native populations in the Omaha, Lincoln, and Sioux City, Iowa areas, including rehabilitative treatment, transportation, PEER support programs, and other supports.
  • Project Everlast –  Youth-led space providing supports and services, service navigation and coordination, and social connection for older youth (14-26) in Omaha & Lincoln as they transition out of foster care.
  • Protege House – Provides housing for girls (19-24) transitioning out of foster care in the Omaha area.
  • Youth Mart – Provides needed household items for youth with foster care experience, living on their own. 

Local Advocacy & Education

  • Immigrant Legal Center – Provides legal advocacy services and education for immigrants in Nebraska and Iowa.
  • Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition – “Educate(s), advocate(s) and bring(s) people together to protect Indian children’s rights, preserve their cultural connections, and ensure(s) the [Indian Child Welfare Act] is respected for Nebraska children.”
  • Voices for Children – Conducts research, data collection, and policy advocacy relevant to child welfare, health care, economic stability, and juvenile justice. 

National Advocacy Organizations & Partners

  • Foster Club – Supports young people in and from foster care “to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.”
  • Think of Us – Research & development lab for child welfare systemic change, ensuring that people with lived experience are leading.
  • Journey to Success – Federal policy advocacy campaign seeking to improve opportunities and outcomes for youth with experience in the foster care system.

Educational Resources

Here are some suggested educational resources to start with:

There are so many more experts, advocates, organizations, and people leading this important work and conversations. We encourage you to share others in the comments so that we can continue to educate ourselves, engage, and support.

Next week, in our last week of Foster Care Awareness Month, we will be suggesting alternative language to use in discussing the system, potential solutions, and next steps as the system moves forward. As always, if you feel compelled to share your personal experiences and thoughts on the child welfare system, please reach out to Schalisha Walker at or reply to this blog. We would love to hear and learn from you.

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