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March 21, 2013
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (o) 402-471-8287, (c) 402-450-7318
Website Tells Real Stories of Children and Families in DHHS System
Lincoln – A teen makes cookies to thank a case worker. An alcoholic father receives services so he can keep his kids. A community pulls together to support an infant. A touching story about children and families helped by Department of Health and Human Services case workers and their partners will be posted on a website titled “Pathways of Hope” every two weeks at:
Thomas Pristow, director, Children and Family Services, said the site shows the difference DHHS case workers and partners in the child welfare system are making in the lives of Nebraska children and families.
“We have a lot of caring professionals on staff and with our partners who go the extra mile so children and families have a better chance to live in a more loving, nurturing family,” he said. “This site tells just some of those stories, but positive outcomes for Nebraskans are occurring every day through the hard work of many professionals.”
He added the stories also shed light on the challenges faced by too many citizens. “I think visitors to our site will be surprised about the needs of children and families in our state,” he said. “We will tell the stories of families who work together to improve their situation, and others who must be helped outside of their family. The spectrum of needs will be represented, as will the conditions in which children and families are found.”
The first story tells about a teen who found a special way to thank a case worker for providing the encouragement that sent the teen on a positive path in life.
Pristow said the stories are real and written to protect the identities of children and families.
In upcoming weeks, stories about the work of staff in DHHS’ economic assistance and child support enforcement areas also will be added, he said.
The site can be found by going to the DHHS website at and clicking on the Children and Family Services tab, and looking for the Pathways of Hope logo.