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More foster parents needed in Omaha

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 19:21:49-04

Shannon and Michael Bolter have five children of their own, but have always had a heart for the many children without family.

"It's always been on the table, we finally have the opportunity and the house size to do it, so we decided to do it," said Michael Bolter.

They are now fostering a 10 year old boy who came from a very traumatic situation.

"It's very rewarding to watch a child transition once they know they are safe and in a stable home," said Shannon Bolter.

Child Saving Institute's Lana Verbrigghe says they are looking for more families like the Bolters.

"We have an urgent need for more foster homes for older children, teenagers and large siblings groups," said Lana Verbrigghe.

That's the reason the Bolters say they did not choose a baby.

"When they age out of the system they don't have a place or a home, they don't know where to go after that," said Michael.
To hopefully give those children life lesson they may have never learned.

"They have someone to lean on, to help guide them to become an adult," said Michael.

Verbrigghe says the biggest misconception is that these children are bad kids.

"Having a trauma informed perspective helps people understand why certain behaviors are happening," said Verbrigghe.

So the Bolters say they want to give those children a real shot at life, and hopefully give them a true perspective of what a healthy home looks like.

"There's a lot of kids that need a home, need to feel loved and supported," said Shannon.

To become a foster parent go to and click foster care under quick links.