Meet the Children
Each of these children is legally available for adoption nationwide.
How to become a Foster Child Adoptive Parent
The children listed on the Nebraska Heart Gallery are all legally available for adoption. Professional photographers volunteer their time and talent so you can see the children’s spirit and spark through their photographs. The featured children fully understand that by posing for the picture, they just might capture the heart of someone who would love to bring them into their lives through adoption. Is that someone you?
Each child is uniquely talented and beautiful and has hidden gifts yet to be discovered. They are unique, yes, but they all have one thing in common—each of them is desperately seeking the family who will take the time to truly get to know them—a family they can call their own.
In order to ensure these children are being placed in safe and secure homes, the State of Nebraska requires that every home become licensed in order to adopt a child from the foster care system. To learn the steps for licensure, visit About Adoption, or download the Foster Adoption Inquiry Packet. For more information, please contact Jessica Kroeker at Child Saving Institute: 402.504.3616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alex is very active young man. He enjoys being outside, riding his bike, bowling, and going to the YMCA. Alex also really enjoys going out to eat and like a typical boy, he just really likes food in general; he even enjoys grocery shopping and cooking. Alex is eager to learn how to swim and will soon begin swimming lessons. Alex enjoys visiting the library and prefers reading a variety of books including science fiction and comic books.
Alex would like to maintain a relationship with his older brother and grandmother.
Spunky, fun Amuk loves to sing and dance and be the center of attention. Although quiet at first, she is intuitive and curious and quickly warms up to peopl e. Amuk enjoys trying new things, and likes animals, doing crafts and shopping. She is a good student and aspires to go to college some day.
When asked about her forever family, Amuk says she really wants to have a mom. (She would also love to have a younger sibling.) Amuk has a little brother to whom she is very close, and it is important this relationship be maintained.
Amuk would like to maintain contact with her brother, but her permanency plan does not include placement with him.
Ariel, Jeronicka and Jerrod
The oldest of seven children, quietly funny Ariel excels in school and likes to play volleyball, listen to music, and hang out with friends swapping manicures or shopping. She also adores her siblings and would do anything for them. A natural caregiver, Ariel hopes to go to college to earn a nursing degree some day.
Kind and considerate Jerrod is always looking out for the happiness and well-being of those around him. Ever inquisitive, he enjoys spending time talking with caring adults, both eagerly sharing information and actively listening. He also loves being with his younger siblings, playing video games and hanging out with his friends.
Always quick with a smile, dynamic Jeronicka is an outspoken teen with a wonderful sense of humor. A natural born leader, she serves as the unofficial spokesperson for the sibling group. In her free time Jeronicka LOVES to shop with her friends or go to the movies.
These three siblings must be adopted together. They have four other brothers and sisters, but their permanency plan does not include placement with them.
Ar Reana and Ar Layha
Ar Reana loves the arts! She enjoys craft projects, drawing and creating her own projects. During her downtime she enjoys practicing reading or completing word finds. She loves to bake brownies or cupcakes and thoroughly enjoys helping out whenever she can in the kitchen—she will even clean the dishes! Ar Reana is very nurturing and often talks about becoming a nurse, teacher, or firefighter when she grows up.
Ar Reana’s younger sister loves to be outdoors. You can typically find Ar Layha riding her big-wheel in the yard, hula hooping or jumping rope. Ar Layha is very active and loves to explore, including asking questions about how things work and why. Ar Layha has a fabulous imagination and a mind of her own. When she is not outside, she enjoys making crafts with her sister.
These two girls need patient, experienced parents with no other children in the home. The parents should also be active, imaginative, and open-minded as they provide them with lots of loving, compassionate attention.
These close-knit sisters must be adopted together and must stay in the Midwest.
Quiet, conscientious Arthur is a busy, goal-oriented teen with a strong work ethic. He excels in school, but still enjoys socializing and participating in extracurricular activities. Arthur hopes to graduate college some day and plans to become a mental health therapist.
Arthur is looking for a loving two-parent family with a strong male role model.
Arthur would like to maintain contact with his siblings and extended family members
Direct and honest with personality plus, energetic Arvoni likes to listen to music, sing and dance. Most of all, she loves one-on-one attention—especially when she can make her listeners laugh! This teen loves to shop and enjoys having new shoes to show off. Arvoni needs a forever family with compassionate structure, understanding and lots of unconditional love.
Arvoni must maintain contact with her siblings.
Beatriz is a tender-hearted teen with a spunky personality. Artistic, intelligent and outgoing, she has a talent for writing poetry and creating art projects.
Beatriz is kind and caring and is looking for the same qualities in a family. She also hopes her parents are fun, joyful, good communicators and “lenient.” After graduating, Beatriz wants to attend college and become a pediatric nurse.
Beatriz would like to maintain contact with her siblings.
Brend’n, Nevaeh, and Jazmine
A charming combination of shy-but-talkative, Brend’n enjoys playing football and soccer, spending time at the park, playing video games (go Angry Birds!) and dancing. Eventually he hopes to participate in an organized team sport. Brend’n is a fast learner and does well in school, where his favorite subjects are Math and Reading. He also likes to cook—his specialty is French Onion Soup—but like all foodies, he loves dining out.
Out spoken and confident, Nevaeh is a social butterfly and a girly-girl who loves to go shopping, watch movies and spend time with her siblings and friends. She excels in school and plays the violin, but also enjoys playing outside and staying active. Nevaeh would like to play soccer and run track, and loves to help out in the kitchen and eat—especially ravioli! She is very excited about living in a forever home that will allow her to have a pet and wants a loving family who will support her and be consistent.
Jazmine is kind of shy, but still an outgoing teenager. She enjoys spending time with her friends and siblings. With her positive attitude she is a great role model for her younger siblings. She is very athletic and wants to participate in track, swimming, basketball, and soccer. Jazmine excels in school academically and her favorite subjects are language arts and music. She enjoys being outside and always stays active. She spends her free time watching movies, shopping, and hanging with friends. Jazmine explains that she would like to have a pet one day.
Brend’n, Nevaeh, and Jazmine need to be adopted together.
Talkative and energetic, Briana loves to share her ideas and perspectives on absolutely everything with an attentive, engaged listener. Whether it’s details of her day, or her take on Sponge Bob, Briana would love to tell you all about it!
Briana is feisty and protective, especially when it relates to defending those she loves. Free-spirited and adventurous, she enjoys skating, singing and hanging with her friends. When she grows up, Briana says she’d like to be either a model or a mom, because she loves to care for younger children.
Briana is seeking a family that will love and respect “all aspects” of her vivacious personality. She is sure to reach her potential in a structured, yet flexible home with loving, attentive parents.
Briana wants to maintain contact with her sister.
A bright, creative young woman, Brittany is very independent and enjoys participating in after school activities with her friends. Athletic and sociable, she also likes playing on the computer, listening to music and spending time with her friends.
Brittany is looking for a family who is willing to listen to her and help her safely explore her developing independence.
Brittany must maintain contact with her siblings.
Meet Cardie, this funny and friendly 15-year-old is looking for a Forever Family! Cardie loves playing basketball and football and following his favorite teams on TV (go Saints!). He also enjoys playing videos and shopping—especially for clothes. (Okay, make that shoes and he’ll race you to the car.) Cardie dreams of playing basketball when he grows up, but he also has a strong creative side and enjoys art, music (he plays the drums), and writing poetry.
Cardie does not currently have identified connections that he wants to maintain.
Charlie is a very loving and talkative boy. He likes to stay active and loves to play outside with his brother. The two of them enjoy going to the park together, playing flag football, and swinging on the swings. Some of Charlie’s other favorite things include chess and playing on his Wii game console.
Honest and friendly, Charlie has many friends at school. He enjoys school and says his favorite subject is Spelling. After school he looks forward to sharing what he’s done during the day. Charlie has thrived living in both one-parent and two-parent homes—all he needs now is stability and love in a forever home.
Charlie would like to maintain contact with his brother and foster parents.
Christopher is an energetic, fun-loving kid who enjoys playing basketball and video games, reading, singing , eating ice cream (especially mint chip), and joking around with his friends. Bright and friendly, he also does well in school.
Christopher enjoys spending time with younger children and taking on the “big brother” role. He is looking for a forever family that will give him lots of love and individual attention.
Christopher would like to maintain contact with his siblings.
Respectful with great sense of humor and a hearty laugh, Connor has a strong faith and a caring heart. He is an outdoorsman, and enjoys fishing, as well as golf, bowling and chess.
Connor is looking for a family that is rooted in honesty, trust and respect for each other, and one that will support him in his dream to attend college and some day join the military.
Connor would like to stay in contact with some of his family members.
Adventurous Dakota loves to ride dirt bikes and is devoted to the sport. He works hard in school and likes to complete one subject before moving on to the next. Dakota is also kind and considerate and responds well to rewards—especially when the reward is going out to eat at Applebee’s.
Dakota has siblings that he would like to remain in contact with through phone calls and letters.
Da’Mond, KC Ray, and Kordell
Born February 2011, June 2007, June 2009 | Photographed by Monte Evans
Da’Mond is a quiet and shy. He is very observant and likes to take in his surroundings before playing in new environments. With two older brothers, he has to work hard to keep up with them, but he is doing well at it. Da’Mond really enjoys typical toys for his age, particularly his remote control VTech car that he got for Christmas. Also, Da’Mond loves to look at baby pictures of himself and be read to.
Kordell is a very active and engaging young boy. Sports and other physical activities are a great outlet for him and all of his energy. He is also extremely intelligent and processes information quickly. For instance, Kordell enjoys playing with his BeyBlades, even though it is a toy designed for children older than him, he certainly keeps up with the big kids. Kordell also enjoys spending as much time outside.
KC is the oldest of the brothers and is the designated leader. His smart and energetic personality makes him very charming. He is also very active and likes to do anything and everything that allows him to use a lot of energy. KC’s favorite animal is whales and hopes for a remote control whale.
The brothers must be adopted together. They would like to maintain a relationship with some relatives and previous foster placements.
Sharp dressed and fashionable, David can usually be found where the action is.This high-energy young teen loves to play sports—especially football—and looks forward to growing bigger and stronger. David isn’t a huge fan of middle school, but continues to work hard in order to try to do better academically. He looks forward to being part of a family with older siblings—particularly those who might be willing to toss a football with him.
David would like to maintain a relationship with his brother and parents.
Domaly, Naomi, and Chire
Domalylaray, or “Domaly” as he likes to be called, is the oldest in this beautiful family. Smart, energetic and shy, he loves to play hide-and-seek and tag with his brother and sister, color pictures, play board games and read.
Middle child Naomi is outgoing and spontaneous and loves to be the center of attention. Pull up a chair because this girl loves to visit! Naomi also enjoys coloring and being read to.
Chire is described as “a healthy eater” and loves ice cream. Like Naomi, he also enjoys coloring and story books, but his favorite activity is just spending time with his big brother and sister.
This tight-knit trio needs a loving and stable two-parent home to call their own.
The children must be placed together
Dylan has a gift for joy! This fun-loving and freckle-faced boy creates smiles and laughter wherever he goes. Dylan enjoys football, basketball, swimming, playing video games and spending time outside. He also loves animals, especially dogs. A few of his favorite things: wearing hats, the colors are blue and gold, and spicy foods like hot Cheetos, takis and hot fries.
Dylan is seeking a patient, loving, open-minded family with a great sense of humor. Open to new adventures, he is willing to move out of state to join his forever family.
Elriana (“El” for short) is a bright and active young teen. She likes to draw, bead, and make bracelets as well as other arts and crafts. She is very energetic, embraces the outdoors, and loves to play basketball and volleyball. El enjoys school (especially seeing her friends) and her favorite subject is art. Her favorite foods are cotton candy and ice cream with lots of sprinkles. She also likes listening to music and watching movies.
El is looking for a loving, accepting family with structure, consistency, and understanding. She longs to be part of a family she can call her own—one that she describes as “nice, energetic, happy, and good listeners”—but building this relationship with take time. In the right setting, El has a very bright future ahead of her and needs a family that will support and encourage her to reach her full potential.
Elriana would like to maintain connections with her biological siblings
Hayden, Krystopher, Krysteena and Fabienne
Hayden is an active 9 year old boy who loves to play outside, climb trees, and skateboard. Hayden can be shy at first around new people, but opens up once he gets to know you. Hayden is very polite and respectful. He is the oldest of his siblings and is always looking out for the younger ones. Hayden does great in school and enjoys Math the most, but also likes to color.
Krystopher is 6 years old and loves to throw the football around, play outside, and skateboard. Krystopher says his favorite thing to do is play video games. He has a mischievous side but it’s usually seen when playing with his twin sister, Krysteena. Krystopher does great in school and always gets his homework done on time. He is well mannered and gets along great with his siblings.
Krysteena is a 6-year-old girl who is best described as a social butterfly! Sheloves to play with her brothers, but also loves to do “girly” stuff like play dress up, do makeovers, and paint her nails. Krysteena is very enthusiastic and inquisitive. Shereports her favorite thing at school is the monkey bars and talking to her friends. Krysteena gets along well with her siblings, but can sometimes be found teasing her twin brother Krystopher. Krysteena is very well mannered.
Fabienne, or ‘Fabi’ is a very active, happy 3-year-old girl. Fabi loves to play make believe, play with toys, and watch cartoons. Fabi loves playing with her siblings, especially her older sister. Fabi loves preschool and always wants to go, even on Saturdays.
These siblings must be adopted together. They have another sister, but their permanency plan does not include placement with her. Hayden, Krystopher, Krysteena, and Fabi want to maintain contact with their current foster parents and their sister.
Talkative, lively Jamel (pronounced Ja-MAL) enjoys attention, yet he is also polite and eager to please. Very creative (Art is his favorite subject in school), Jamel enjoys playing basketball and football, as well as video games and watching action movies. He is also fond of animals, especially dogs, rabbits, fish and parrots, and he hopes to have a pet of his own some day. Most of all he enjoys being outdoors, especially fishing, with a strong male role model. And if you can talk cars, Jamel wants to talk to you!
Jamel is looking for a strong, loving forever family that can provide structure, consistency, and unconditional love to help his reach his full potential.
Jamel hopes to maintain contact with his siblings.
Jesse is a good student and enjoys school—especially history. Social and independent, he loves playing baseball and soccer and dreams of being a professional baseball player when he grows up. He also likes playing video games, watching movies, hanging with friends, reading, cooking and trying new restaurants. A big animal lover, he hopes to find a forever home where he can own a dog or cat.
Jesse needs to maintain contact with his siblings.
A good student with a great sense of humor, José enjoys being outdoors, riding his bike, listening to music, playing with animals, building things and playing sports. Shy at first, José is open and engaging once he gets to know you. His favorite food is Subway sandwiches.
José longs to be part of a family with brothers and sisters (especially a brother or two), and one that will allow him to have pets. He is helpful around the house and enjoys making others happy. He will thrive in a family that can provide structure, stability, patience and the loving attention he so deserves.
Kimberlee, or “Kimmy” as she likes to be called, is sassy, sporty and smart. Outspoken and not afraid to speak her mind, she would probably make a good member of the debate team at school; however, she is more interested in sports—especially volleyball. Bright and social, Kimmy does well in school and enjoys spending time with her friends at school dances, visiting the arcade, watching movies, being outside and just hanging out talking. Like many other teen girls, one of her favorite male singers is Justin Bieber. Also, like many other teens, she appreciates a nice pair of shoes, especially tennis shoes, and her favorite color is pink.
Although emotionally self-protective, Kimmy has a soft side that shines through with those with whom she feels safe and cared for. This takes time and that is why an ideal family for her would be one that can provide her with consistent reassurance of their unconditional love and commitment. A family that will parent her with gentle patience, kindness and understanding will help her reach her full potential and create the best possible family dynamic for everyone.
Kimmy would like to maintain relationships with a few special people.
Kyrie is a bright student with lots of talent and great potential. Philosophical and introspective, he is also very social and outgoing with a mega-watt smile that lights up a room. Kyrie loves to draw and write poetry, as well as play sports—especially football and basketball. (He eagerly looks forward to having a dad or brother to play with on a regular basis.)
Kyrie longs to be part of a forever family with loving parents that will always have his back, and help him to remain in contact with his brother.
Kyrie must maintain contact with his brother.
Sweet, funny and fun-loving La’Zaya, or Zaya as she prefers to be called, dreams of joining a stable, loving family. A bright and motivated student, she earns good grades and enjoys reading and journaling about her daily activities. Zaya also loves to be active and participates in basketball, volleyball and other school sports. Zaya is responsible and is often the first to volunteer when someone needs a helping hand.
Zaya would like a home with limited chaos, so a family with a lot of children would not be the best option for her. She also prefers a home with no shedding animals. She is looking for a family who will treat her fairly, but one that will keep challenging her to reach her full potential.
Zaya would like to maintain contact with her Grandmother.
Swing dancing is a passion for Melissa who explains, “I would rather be swing dancing than almost anything else… except maybe singing.” Melissa loves swing dancing because it is so fun, but also because it is relaxing and attracts non-judgmental people. Being open and accepting of others is another passion of Melissa’s, who believes that people should be allowed to be unique and express beliefs without fear.
Melissa knows that her life is destined for adventure and someday hopes to travel and experience life in a larger city. She dreams of breaking into the music industry as a pop or rock singer. She takes pride in her schoolwork, and is a vegetarian (although she would prefer to be vegan). In her spare time, Melissa likes to listen to music, sing, and do her hair and makeup.
Melissa would like to stay in contact with her previous foster family.
Nichole and Alyssa
Quiet and caring, Nichole enjoys high school, works hard to get good grades, and is trying to become more involved in extracurricular activities. She is an avowed cat lover who likes playing basketball, eating pizza, visiting the zoo and hanging out with her friends. Nichole is mindful of her future and wants to go to college to become a lawyer, but before that, she needs a forever home to share with her little sister, Alyssa.
Alyssa is shy at first, but once she gets to know you her bubbly personality shines through. She loves playing Barbies, dancing, singing, telling jokes, and hanging with big sis, Nichole. Alyssa describes herself as “beautiful, funny, and shy,” and adds that her favorite subjects are math, science, and social studies. Alyssa’s favorite color is blue and she loves to eat cheese pizza or at Golden Corral. She would love to be able to take dance classes so she can fulfill her dream of being a dancer when she grows up.
Alyssa and Nichole need to be placed together and need to maintain contact with their brother.
Delightfully funny and charming, Rue is very helpful around the house and uses cleaning as a coping skill. He loves Chinese food, riding bikes, swimming, drawing, watching sports, and playing board games or on his Wii. He also enjoys wearing Jordans and Axe. When he grows up, Rue hopes to work with his hands, possibly in construction or as a plumber.
Rue is close to his siblings and hopes to stay in the area so he can continue visiting them as often as possible. He also dreams of a pet-friendly home with loving, attentive parents who “have a good sense of humor!”
Rue would like to maintain contact with his siblings.
Adorable, funny and spunky, Sherri loves music and her Hannah Montana guitar. Clever and creative, she loves to be outside riding her bike, playing games or doing hair. While she is quite the helper and often the leader of the group, she also needs the opportunity to be a little girl who can be cuddled and nurtured.
Sherri needs a family where she will feel a sense of safety and belonging. She can have a difficult time trusting others, so she will need a family who can help her cope with grief, loss and challenges she has faced in her life. She will thrive in a home with structure, consistency, and lots of unconditional love.
Sherri must maintain a relationship with her siblings.
Outgoing Skye loves to sing, draw, play basketball, and swim. She is full of attitude and charm, and there is never a dull moment around this spunky teen. She is confident in expressing her wants and needs, and thrives on one-on-one attention from adults.
Skye is looking for an active family that likes to explore and travel. She would prefer a family that has at least one dog she could call her own. Skye is open to a wide variety of opportunities, but is committed to staying in contact with her siblings and grandma.
Skye wants to remain in contact with her siblings and grandmother.
Sweet and charming Stephaney loves shopping, jewelry and playing with make-up. She enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and playing sports—especially swimming and volleyball. She embraces learning (her favorite subjects are Science and History), but admits she struggles a bit with Math and English. When Stephaney graduates high school, she wants to continue her education and study to become a neonatal nurse.
When asked what she would like in a family, Stephaney said she wants a family that is not “mean.” She also hopes for a forever home that will allow her some personal space and freedom. She will do best in a loving, consistent home with lots of individual attention. Stephaney has some contact with her siblings and other biological family and it is important that these relationships are supported so they can continue to grow.
Stephaney has contact with her maternal grandparents. It is important these relationships continue to be supported.
Stormy is a very active teen who is looking forward to staying busy with her new family. She loves animals and hopes to find a family who loves animals as much as she does—perhaps even one who lives on a farm! Stormy sets realistic goals for herself and is looking forward to taking Driver’s Ed and earning her driving privileges. She also hopes to find a family who will allow her to have her own cell phone so she can talk and text with her friends. Stormy understands these are privileges and is willing to work to establish this level of trust.
Stormy enjoys listening to all types of music, drawing, competitive board games and reading (especially the Twilight series). She is an A student and has many friends in her public school. Friendships are important to this gregarious girl and she hopes to make many in her new home.
Stormy wants to maintain relationships with her siblings and other family members.
Tracy, or Trace as he prefers to be called, is a 16-year-old young man with a huge heart and a very creative spirit. Trace absolutely loves to draw and, in fact, he is never without a pencil, paper and a drawing or two. Trace describes his drawing as his way of really communicating and expressing his thoughts, feelings and dreams. Trace’s creativity does not stop with drawing; he also really loves to type short stories and poetry, and create things using Legos or just things from around the house.
An avid reader, his favorite authors are James Patterson and Melissa de la Cruz; he also has a great memory and love for Greek mythology and Shakespeare. Trace has an indelible passion for animals; his favorite animal, by far, is the Wolf. However, he also loves to learn about every other type of animal and would love to be in a home that, while not completely in the country, was able to have larger dogs and potentially horses.
Trace would like to maintain contact with his biological sisters.
Tierney is a bright-eyed bundle of affectionate energy. Highly imaginative, creative and articulate, he likes to play video games, ride his bike, and help out in the garden; but he especially enjoys snuggling on the sofa, telling you about his day and giving hugs.
Tierney has a big heart and is quick to form attachments to people who show they care about him. He especially enjoys the attention of strong male role models. He will thrive in a home that can provide structure, stability and lots of loving attention.
Tierney has an older sister with whom he is very close and this bond will need to be maintained.
Whether he’s telling jokes, quoting lines from movies or just acting silly, Trevon is sure to bring a smile to your face with his great sense of humor. He also enjoys playing video games, watching and playing sports (he hopes to try out for football and wrestling), listening to rock music, doing magic card tricks, and visiting the library. (He highly recommends the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan.)
Trevon dreams of being part of a forever family that values honesty and respect and one that will provide calm, loving environment with lots of positive attention. Ideally, this home will include an active father figure to help him grow into a responsible and respectable young man. Trevon is close to his sisters, and it is important these relationships be supported.
Trevon must maintain contact with his two sisters and brother.
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Dakota, 11, is an engaging and vibrant boy with a zest for life. He is outgoing and loves to get to know new people. A loving boy that enjoys getting hugs and praise, Dakota has a generous heart and wants to please others, but sometimes needs some help with how to do it the best way. Dakota is bright and does well in school once he is focused on a task. He enjoys break dancing and skateboarding and would also love to take karate lessons. His imagination and creativity soars when he plays superheroes. Dakota adores animals and if he could have three wishes, he would wish for a Chihuahua, a mansion and time with his siblings.
Dakota would do best in a family that can offer a lot of love, attention, firm-but-flexible structure, encouragement and reassurance—a family that is nurturing and will accept him for who he is. It is important that Dakota’s relationship with his siblings be supported and encouraged. A family that would be open to providing permanency for both him and his 10-year-old sister would be ideal.
Fate is an active, athletic teen who describes himself as “chill.” He enjoys playing on his high school football team, learning martial arts, swimming and cooking. Fate says he can cook “pretty much anything,” but his specialty is crème brûlée.
Funny and respectful, he enjoys helping others and assisting with volunteer projects. When he grows up, he would like to join the Air Force or Marines and eventually serve as a body guard or secret service agent. Most of all, he is looking forward to getting his driver’s license and being able to drive!
Fate would like to keep in contact with his siblings.
Athletic, sociable Nyreeco enjoys being on the football team and his favorite subject in school is math. His other interests include basketball, swimming, spending time outdoors, and playing video games. Nyreeco can be shy—particularly around adults—but he warms up quickly. When it comes to his friends, however, he is relaxed and happy and loves making them laugh.
Nyreeco would like to maintain contact with his siblings.