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History | Christian Heritage | Foster Care | Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha Nebraska

The late Gregg Nicklas and his wife, Lisa, became foster parents in December of 1980 and within a year had served seven foster children in their home. Feeling led by the Lord to care for Nebraska’s abused and neglected children, Gregg resigned from a successful marketing career. Christian Heritage opened its first children’s home for eight teenage boys in 1981. A girls’ home was opened in 1985. Since then, Christian Heritage has provided homes for thousands of Nebraska’s children.

To meet a growing need, Christian Heritage expanded services into Central Nebraska in 1998 and into Omaha in 2002. 

In 2007, Christian Heritage concluded that the absence of a father was a major factor contributing to the number of children in foster care. Consequently, we launched Christian Heritage Family Outreach and Destination…Dad™.

The Christian Heritage Kin-nect program was launched in early 2013 to help youth in foster care reconnect with relatives and other caring adults from their past.

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