Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) is celebrating National Adoption Month in November when 56 children will be adopted in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Each has a story to tell, but one certainly comes to mind.
This month, NFC featured a story about “Ava” on its website. Ava has lived in nine different homes. Her father died and her mother was unable to care for her. Ava lived with her grandmother until she became ill and died of cancer. NFC family permanency specialists didn’t give up on Ava and eventually she found her forever home.
Ava’s younger brothers, Cason and Nathan were in the same boat. Both their mother and father were unable to care for them. The boy’s grandfather Brian, had a friendship with a woman named Gwen, the owner of a daycare. Brian asked Gwen to take care of his boys, should anything happen to him. When Brian died in May of 2015, Gwen kept her promise.
While it hasn’t been easy for Gwen or the boys, Cason and Nathan were brought up in a loving home with structure, consistency and unconditional love. On November 18, 2017, at the Douglas County Civic Center, Cason and Nathan will join 41 children of all ages who will be adopted and go home with their new families. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m.