Mission, Vision and History

Putting children first in everything we believe, say and do.

Our Mission

Nebraska Children’s Home Society exists to provide safe and loving care to children of all ages.

Our Vision

A safe and loving family for every child.

Our Values

Integrity
We strive to do what is right for the child. Integrity is the foundation upon which we have built our organization, and is at the heart of everything we do.

Advocacy
We are champions for children. We speak out and take action to protect children, and strengthen families and communities. We work to create change in policies and practices to put children first.

Innovation
We embrace continuous improvement, bold creativity and change. We will persevere until all children thrive and families have the tools they need to succeed. We recognize that one size never fits all and push to design interventions that benefit every person.

Compassion
We care deeply for children and their families. Compassion begins with understanding trauma and promoting healing. We partner with families to develop, enhance and secure nurturing connections.

Inclusion
We embrace the richness inherent in our diversity. Integrating our unique experiences, knowledge and perspectives helps us better understand children and support their families.

Collaboration
We value the importance of teamwork. We join forces with team members, professionals and community leaders, but most importantly, we partner with families and children. By passionately working together with all stakeholders, we challenge each other to achieve the highest levels of professional excellence.

Our History

  • 1893 to 1975 – Closed adoptions the norm at NCHS

    1893 to 1975 – Closed adoptions the norm at NCHS

  • 1893 – NCHS established by Rev. E.P. Quivey

    1893 – NCHS established by Rev. E.P. Quivey

  • Meet Dr. Quivey

    There’s an old saying, “To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been.” So, before you read anything else, we’d like you to take a few moments to journey back in time with us in 1893 to meet a man named Dr. E.P. Quivey. Dr. Quivey was a chaplain at the Iowa State Reformatory. Through his experiences, he became convinced that “juvenile delinquency” could be eliminated by placing young boys in decent homes rather than in reform schools. So, he and his wife became affiliated with the National Children’s Home Society, a federation of 26 state child-placing societies. In Nebraska, Dr. Quivey found between 60 and 100 children housed at The Homes of the Friendless. It wasn’t long before plans were laid for a corporation. Despite financial struggles and other obstacles, the National Children’s Home Society survived in Nebraska – and eventually became Nebraska Children’s Home Society.

  • What was Happening in 1893

    Grover Cleveland was President Edison had demonstrated his incandescent light bulb 4 years earlier Ford completes his first useful gas fuelled engine Panic of 1893 caused the Great Crash of the New York Stock Exchange Buffalo Bill was performing his Wild West, Rocky Mountain and Prairie Exhibition The idea of children being recognized as citizens is introduced Educational services are a part of orphanages and foster care programs In Nebraska, 60-100 children housed at “The Homes of the Friendless” Reverend and Mrs. E.P. Quivey formed what is now known as the Nebraska Childrens’ Home Society (NCHS) NCHS accepts children and then places them in loving and caring homes  

  • 1893 – The Original Home

    Founded as a non-sectarian agency for the care of neglected, orphaned, or unwanted children. The original Home was located in the Quivey’s personal home on 3010 Woolworth Avenue in Omaha.

  • 1893 – First Meeting Held

    1893 – First Meeting Held

    On August 10, 1893, Rev. Quivey called a meeting at the YMCA Hall at 16th and Douglas Street in Omaha to form the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, an affiliate of the National Children’s Home Society.

  • 1896 – The Advocate magazine publication created

    1896 – The Advocate magazine publication created

  • 30th Anniversary

    NCHS provides safe and loving care for over 12,ooo children in 30 years.  

  • 1920 – Rev. E.P. Quivey resigns, Rev. R.B. Ralls new state superintendent

  • NCHS Serving a Community in Need

    From few hours old to 17 years of age, and from every county in Nebraska, 1148 homeless, orphan, afflicted, deserted and needy little children were given aid, attention and care during the past year (1922).  

  • Fontenelle Home Opens

    Fontenelle Home Built and Opens February 1, 1924 providing safe and loving care for children of all ages.

  • 1924 – Fontenelle Receiving Home built

    1924 – Fontenelle Receiving Home built

  • 1925 – Rev. R.B. Ralls resigns, George A. Sheafe new state superintendent

  • 1927 – George A. Sheafe resigns, W. Hugh Fletcher new state superintendent

  • Fire at Fontenelle Forest

    In a 1933 a fire at Fontenelle Home 6 days before Christmas.  No deaths and all files were saved. Community of supporters rally to help with children and insurance helps fund the re-building. Home re-opens 1934.    

  • Nine Year Old Raises a Pig for NCHS

    A nine (9) year old adopted boy knows the joy of giving at such a young age. He joined the “Raise a Pig Club” with the intent of selling it and giving the money to NCHS. After raising the hog, he sold it for $5.00 and sent the money in a little red stocking to NCHS.

  • 1933 – W. Hugh Fletcher resigns

  • 1936 – Randall C. Biart takes over as new executive director

    1936 – Randall C. Biart takes over as new executive director

  • Nebraska’s Children Published for the First Time

    A new publication called Nebraska’s Children is printed and mailed as part of the annual Christmas appeal.  

  • 1938 – Nebraska’s Children magazine publication replaces The Advocate

    1938 – Nebraska’s Children magazine publication replaces The Advocate

  • “Mother Hubbard” Food Appeal

    Number of children needing care grows. NCHS has a successful food appeal called “Mother Hubbard”. NCHS works with Roberts Dairy to provide milk for the Home.  

  • 1947 – Southside addition built at Fontenelle

  • 1953 – First out of state office opened in Scottsbluff

    NCHS Location - Scottsbluff

  • 1955 – NCHS broadens services and hires additional staff to work with unwed mothers

  • Mother’s Club Formed

    Mother’s Club Organization formed by mothers who adopted through the Home; one of its goals is to be a fundraising organization.  

  • 1966 – New wing added to Fontenelle

  • 1970s – Fontenelle evolves into an emergency shelter for troubled teens

  • “The Merchant of Happiness” Passes Away

    Sadly, “The Merchant of Happiness” Randall Bairt passed away in 1971. He served 35 years as NCHS’ Executive Director. He was responsible for helping frame children welfare laws and policies we have today and “making the world a better place for little children to live.”    

  • 1971 – Randall C. Biart resigns, Harris Van Oort takes over as new executive director

  • 1975 to 1996 – Semi-open adoptions the norm at NCHS

  • Grand Island Office Opens

    Grand Island Office Opens

  • Lincoln Office Opens

    NCHS Location - Lincoln

  • Norfolk Office Opens

    NCHS Location - Norfolk

  • 1982-1983 – Operating Budget Exceeds One Million

  • Fremont Office Opens

    Need dictates an office in Fremont. Fremont office opens in 1984.

  • Kearney Office Opens

    NCHS Location - Kearney

  • Centennial Year celebrations take place statewide

  • Gothenburg Office Opens

  • Bob Brandt Named Executive Director

    Bob Brandt is named Executive Director; successor to Harris Van Oort North Platte Office Opens NCHS Foundation is Established

  • Bob Brandt Named Executive Director

  • North Platte Office Opens

    NCHS Location -North Platte

  • NCHS Foundation established

  • Open Adoptions the Norm at NCHS

  • NCHS Margre Durham Center opens as second Omaha location

    NCHS Location - Omaha 118th Street

  • Karen Authier Named Successor to Bob Brandt as Executive Director

    Karen Authier Named Successor to Bob Brandt as Executive Director

  • Lana Temple-Plotz replaces Karen Authier as CEO of NCHS

    Lana Temple-Plotz

    Temple-Plotz joined NCHS in June 2013 and served as the chief program officer, providing oversight for the organization’s services to children and families across the state of Nebraska. Authier has served as CEO for ten years and announced in March 2017 her plans to retire on September 30. Temple-Plotz is an experienced nonprofit leader with over 25 years of experience in organizations serving children and families. Prior to her role at NCHS, Temple-Plotz worked for C&A Industries as executive director of community relations, director of Children Services for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, and held several leadership roles at Boys Town. Temple-Plotz earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Human Development and the Family at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She has authored four publications, serves on several boards and committees including Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) and the Nebraska Foster Care Rate Reimbursement Committee.

  • NCHS Locations

    NCHS has 9 offices, but we serve every county throughout Nebraska <insert map used in the annual report>

  • 2018 – Celebrating 125 Years of Children First

    Join us to celebrate our 125th Anniversary There will be events throughout the State all year long. Additionally, we will be having two (2) Galas – one (1) Omaha and one (1) in Kearney. We hope you can attend one – or both! See ticket information. Omaha Gala – June 9, 2108  @ LaVista Conference Center Kearney Gala – August 11, 2018 @ Younes Conference Center

  • 125th Anniversary of NCHS

    125th Anniversary of NCHS

    Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) will be celebrating a quasquicentennial of service during 2018, commemorating 125 years of putting children first. In 1893, Dr. E.P. Quivey founded NCHS to ensure that Nebraska’s most vulnerable children would be safe and have loving care. Since then, NCHS has continued this work, serving tens of thousands of children and their families throughout the state. We continue to meet community needs through evidence-based and innovative programs delivered by passionate human care professionals. All of our efforts focus on ensuring that every child thrives so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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