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SkyeYou don’t have to be an angel to want to adopt a child. You don’t have to be exceedingly special or exceptionally generous. As Lillias Freeman-Hogan puts it, “You just need to be a parent, someone who is willing to be there for the kids. To be steady, secure and have love to give.”

That’s who Terry and Lillias Freeman-Hogan are: steady, secure, loving people who wanted to open their home to teenagers and surround them with a warm, safe environment. They’d successfully raised 5 other children, 4 of their own and one that came into their permanent care. After their children had grown and flew the nest, Terry and Lillias felt that they weren’t done with this parenting thing. Not even close.

They worked with Nebraska Families Collaborative to make their desire to adopt a reality. They knew they wanted teenagers. They knew they wanted to adopt and add permanency. And they knew they could provide the type of setting to welcome a child who’d long given up on the idea of ever being adopted.

Three years ago, Skye Alonzo, a then 14-year-old, was placed with Terry and Lillias. She came a year and a half after they’d adopted another teenage girl. Their home felt complete.

Terry and Lillias’ experience was positive in every sense. “Nebraska Families Collaborative has good people who work hard and care deeply. Skye’s caseworker did everything she could to improve the lives of these kids. She was in it for the long haul,” said Terry.

As for being adoptive parents, they couldn’t imagine being anything else, even with its ups and downs. Even with its new set of parenting rules and compromises.

The love that they show and the level of commitment they’re willing to give to provide for children is astonishing. They are true angels, whether they think so or not.

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Nebraska Families Collaborative Conducts an annual survey of youth, parents, foster parents, and community stakeholders in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute §43-4407. Survey questions include those required by statute, as well as those developed by NFC with input sought from members of the following NFC advisory groups: Parents, Foster Parents, Youth and Community.

Compared to last year's survey, NFC received more than twice the number of completed questionnaires in 2014. NFC received a total of 652 survey responses, compared to 322 in 2013. While several aggregate scores were high, the most significant increase was in the parents composite score, which increased nearly a full point from 3.5 in 2014 to 4.4 in 2014. One parent commented, "We are making progress, and happy it's going in the right direction. Changing for the better."

Youth survey responses increased significantly this year from 30 in 2013 to 120 in 2014. The average rating was 4.1 on a 5 point scale. The majority of youth indicated that their Family Permanency Specialist (FPS) treats them with respect and explains things to them in a way they can understand. One youth commented, "It was very helpful to me, so now I am able to spend more time with my family."

New to the survey this year was the foster parent survey, which had 144 respondents. In previous years the foster parents completed the community stakeholder survey. The average rating of the foster parent survey this year was 4.0. The highest ranked item at 4.6 was the response to NFC staff scheduling home visits at times that were convenient for them and their families. One foster parent said, "My FPS worker does a really good job at visiting and coming by. She's very attentive and helpful. She does a really good job with us."

There were 222 respondents to the community stakeholder survey, with an average rating given of 3.4. On average, the items with the highest scores on the community stakeholder survey were those that reflected the high quality of service providers in the NFC network and NFC's responsiveness to youth and families' needs for medical services. One community stakeholder commented, " The FPS workers I have worked with...have always returned my emails and calls in a timely manner. They are also effective communicators and help assist with any issue I may have."

View the full legislative report here: 2014NFCAnnualSurveyReporttoNebraskaLegislature.pdf.

Below is a summary of the results. Download the summary here: NFCCommunitySurveyResults2014Final.pdf

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