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IMG 0093-editedNebraska Families Collaborative has recognized Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) CEO Karen Authier and Ruth Henrichs, president and CEO of Lutheran Family 

Services of Nebraska with the first Champion for Kids and Families Lifetime Service Award. The recognition came at the NFC Championship Luncheon held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 with featured speaker Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas.

“Karen and Ruth have done so much in strengthening families and ensuring that Nebraska is a great place for children to grow up and thrive,” said David Newell, NFC president and CEO. “We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions.”

Authier, a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, has more than 30 years of experience in program development and replication, mental health services, and child welfare programs both nationally and in Nebraska. She has served at Lutheran Family Services, The Partners Network, Inc., Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as maintaining a private mental health practice. Authier also serves on the Nebraska Child Death Review Team, has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership in the field, was appointed by the Governor to the Nebraska Children's Commission and has presented numerous times at national conferences regarding child welfare and mental health.

Henrichs has served as president & CEO of Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of Nebraska (LFS) since 1984. Under her leadership, LFS has developed programs of immigration and refugee services, integrated health care, AmeriCorps volunteer services, mental health and substance use treatment, foster care, treatment for children who have been sexually abused, At Ease services for veterans, active military and their loved ones; and early intervention/prevention services for young parents at Centers for Healthy Families® in Fremont, North Omaha, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Henrichs is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest networks of human service organizations in the United States. She has also chaired the national Board of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Immanuel Board here in Omaha.

Both women have announced their retirements. Henrichs will retire December 31, 2017 and Authier will retire on September 30, 2017.

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Birthdays should be celebrations filled with cake, balloons and excitement for what’s to come. But for hundreds of foster teens in the Omaha metro each year, 19th birthdays are often filled with uncertainty, fear and feelings of abandonment. In the state of Nebraska, foster teens age out of the system at 19, often times left without support to navigate day-to-day life on their own.

We are celebrating Happy 19 during the month of September to help shine light on the need for adoptive families for teens in foster care right here in our community. You can be a part of the solution! Help us make 19 happy once again. 

Learn more and meet real Nebraska teens looking for foster families at

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OMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative has been notified by the Council on Accreditation (COA) that is has been reaccredited. This recognition demonstrates Nebraska Families Collaborative “continues to successfully implement high performance standards and delivers high-quality services” as a provider of child welfare services in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

The Council on Accreditation is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities). The COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health and community-based social services.

“Receiving a national accreditation by the COA is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to serving children and families with the highest quality of care,” says David Newell, the President and CEO of Nebraska Families Collaborative. “We would like to thank our employees and stakeholders who’ve supported us in successfully completing the reaccreditation process.”

The accreditation will be finalized within the next four weeks. For more information on the Council on Accreditation, visit

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Dave-4298OMAHA, (Neb.) Nebraska Families Collaborative president and CEO, David Newell, CSW, ACSW, has been elected chairperson of the Nebraska Children’s Commission. Newell was reappointed to the board last July by Governor Pete Ricketts.

The Nebraska Children’s Commission was created by the Nebraska State Legislature in 2012 to devise a strategic plan for child welfare and juvenile justice systems and to work collaboratively with the three branches of government and community stakeholders to enhance programs to improve the safety and well-being of Nebraska’s children.

One of the original members appointed to the Commission, Newell said the Commission is focused on working to continue to improve Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems and improve the well-being of children and families across the State. Newell plans to visit all commission members across the State in their home communities to listen to their hopes and concerns regarding the commission’s current strategic plan.

“I am humbled to be elected as the Commission’s next chair,” said Newell. “I look forward to partnering with all Nebraskans in furthering the Commission’s important mission of strengthening families and ensuring that Nebraska is a great place for all of our kids to grow-up.”

Newell’s term runs until June 20, 2019.

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Mutual of Omaha Supports Program During Take Your Child to Work Day.

OMAHA, (Neb.) Now in its fourth year, the Duffels 4 Dignity Drive, sponsored by Nebraska Families Collaborative, is raising money and awareness to offer foster kids something more than a trash bag to carry their personal belongings in during their transition into foster care. The program, which began in 2013, provides children with a new duffel bag filled with essential items such as shampoo, bar soap, a toothbrush and much more.

Mutual of Omaha took advantage of its recent “Take Your Child To Work Day” in June to teach approximately 100 12-year-old children of Mutual of Omaha employees the importance of giving. Mutual identified NFC’s Duffels 4 Dignity program as its volunteer project and the children spent part of their day at work decorating bags that will then be donated to the program.

The 2017 Duffels 4 Dignity Drive runs throughout the month of July. A donation of $25 will help ensure a child receives essential items in his or her duffel bag. To learn more or to donate, visit

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Are You a Potential Foster Parent?

Loving, patient and caring foster families play an essential role in ensuring the healthy development, safety and well-being of children and are critical in our goal of strengthening families and reuniting children with their birth families whenever possible.

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