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Johnathan came into the foster care system when he was very young. He was adopted by his grandmother and then reentered the system when he was 12 years old. He had been placed in out-of-home care for five years in a variety of settings including hospitals, group homes, foster homes, and out-of-state placements.
Johnathan always talked about what it would be like to live in a family home instead of a group home. He dreamt of what it’d be like to learn how to cook dinner or go fishing. However, Johnathan had personal struggles that prevented him from many of these activities.
Nebraska Families Collaborative and its network of providers were able to come together to help Johnathan and his mother mend their relationship. Over time, they began to participate in family therapy where Johnathan was able to focus on his personal challenges and further restore his relationship with his mother. Through these sessions, Johnathan and his mother were able to overcome many obstacles that once kept them apart.
Based on the progress made, Johnathan’s team began talking about reunification. Yet, there were still barriers preventing Johnathan from returning home to his mother.
The family’s team of professionals collaborated and found solutions to overcome all of these barriers. Through the support of his team, Johnathan was also able to advocate for himself and used the therapeutic skills put in place to make the decision that he wanted to return home to his mother.
Through time, Johnathan and his mother were able to spend long visits together and he returned home permanently in April 2017. Johnathan is very happy now and continues to share his progress with his professional supports.
At this time, Johnathan has settled in to his new home. He recently graduated from high school, has started a summer job, and loves being outdoors.
Johnathan has begun to make long lasting relationships within his new community. In a few months, Johnathan’s family will no longer be involved in the juvenile court system, but many of the relationships and supports formed will continue.
Johnathan and his mother will also continue to work on their relationship, but with the support of his extended family, community, and case professionals, he has everything he needs to be successful.