To support Nebraska's foster youth with quality clothing and basic care items with dignity, respect and cheerful giving
Every day in Nebraska there are over 5000 children who are affected by the foster care system. According to the Department of Health and Human Services over 12,000 children's lives were impacted by the Nebraska foster care system in the year of 2012-2013.
The Foster CARE Closet began in 2006 to help families caring for foster youth meet the clothing and other basic care needs of the children. Over the past 8 years the Foster CARE Closet has grown from serving a few hundred children to over 1400 in a year. Service is provided all across the State by taking the Foster CARE Closet on the road to other communities.
In 2012, the Foster CARE Closet and Department of Health and Human Services partnered together to bring a unique, child-friendly service to help children transition into the foster care system.
The Intake CARE Center is a unique service for the Southeastern part of Nebraska helping children transition into foster care. When a child is first removed, the Intake CARE Center provides a safe resting place for children to wait while a proper foster placement is found. In the child-friendly environment, focused on meeting the clothing and personal care needs of a youth, they are able to feel welcomed and have a time to process the events that are happening that they can not control. But the focus isn't just on the child, but we also strive to meet any needs those working with the youth may have. We will feed youth and workers during meal times and of course, we offer a place of comfort and compassion while each person is walking through a crisis situation. We have seen our service help youth be more calm and reassured as they head into foster placement.