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PromiseShip Overview

Omaha, NE
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
Unknown / Non-Applicable
PromiseShip (PS) is a private, nonprofit partnership composed of five Nebraska-based organizations with more than 400 combined years of experience caring for children and families.

We are contracted by the State of Nebraska to provide child welfare support ... Read more

Mission: PromiseShip tirelessly spans boundaries bringing powerful partners together to provide innovative solutions that transform life’s uncertainty into family wellbeing.

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  • This year, we had 92% of employees generously donate to our organization in the "One Dream. One Team." Employee Giving Campaign!

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PromiseShip – Why Work For Us?

What We Do

At PromiseShip (PS) we strive to create an effective, community-based system of care for at-risk kids and parents in eastern Nebraska. Our network is here to help preserve Nebraska families whenever possible, while ensuring the safety of those who can’t look out for themselves. 

Our services to children and families include:

  • Foster, Kinship and Group Home Care
  • Adoption and Guardianship Placement and Training
  • In-home Treatment
  • Respite Care
  • Visitation Supervision
  • Family Preservation
  • Parent and Peer Mentoring
  • Aftercare
  • Tracking and Electronic Monitoring
  • Family Support

Wrap-Around Approach

Child welfare interventions can be traumatic. When it is necessary, we wrap our services around the children in a supportive embrace. This Wrap-Around Model guides our system and consists of ten principles that, when practiced diligently, result in services that are wrapped around children and their families in their natural environments. We seek family reunification whenever possible.

  • Voice and Choice - Families and youth drive decision-making in case planning and service delivery. Families are partners in the process of reunification.
  • Team-Based Approach - Children are cared for by a team composed of their family members, community partners and professionals. Treatment options are reviewed together as a team.
  • Natural Supports - The team caring for children in foster care includes people outside of the formal child welfare system such as teachers, friends, neighbors and extended family members. 
  • Collaboration - Professionals and family members work together to reunite children with their families, respecting each others’ views and listening to each others’ opinions.
  • Community-Based Setting - Whenever possible, services are provided to children in their neighborhoods so that children stay close to their homes, extended families, neighbors and what is familiar to them.
  • Culturally Competent - The wrap-around process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture and identity of the child and family.
  • Individualized Support - Families receive individualized services that focus on specific skill assessment, corresponding intervention and progress evaluation. 
  • Strengths-Based Perspective - Family plans and services are provided from a strengths-based perspective that meets needs rather than solves problems. If a plan fails, then a new plan is created and families remain in the reunification process.
  • Persistence - Despite challenges, setbacks and discouragements, teams persist in achieving family goals.
  • Outcomes - An outcome-oriented approach makes measurement and evaluation possible and progress identifiable. 

PromiseShip believes that engaging parents early in the child welfare process and treating them with respect is the best way to move children toward safety, permanency and well-being.

Our History

In 2009, five member organizations—Boys Town, Child Saving Institute, Heartland Family Service, Nebraska Family Support Network, and OMNI Behavioral Health—came together to create what is now known as the PromiseShip (PS). Members from these organizations serve on PS's board of directors and continue to provide guidance. 

Developing PS was a direct result of the Nebraska Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Reform, which had these goals:

  • Improved outcomes in the areas of safety, permanency and well-being
  • More children served safely at home rather than in out-of-home care
  • Shared ownership in achievement of outcomes by public-private connections
  • Streamlined system for families with reduction/elimination in service gaps
  • Greater use of best practices and evidence-based models
  • Provide continuity of services and stability of placement
  • Individualized service plans vs. a limited menu of specific services
  • Performance-based contracts with some incentives and sanctions
  • Aftercare services


June 15, 2009
Six Agencies: Boys and Girls Home, CEDARS, The Alliance for Children and Families/Region 3, KVC, NFC, and Visinet sign implementation contract with State of Nebraska. Service Coordination is set to begin October 1, 2009, with full transition of children and families on January 1, 2010.

August 16, 2011
NFC signs a new contract with the State of Nebraska. This contract completed the state’s decision to transition the remaining one-third of child welfare cases within the Eastern Service Area (ESA) to the NFC.

October/November 2011
NFC consolidates four of its five office locations into one facility at 2110 Papillion Parkway in Omaha.

March 1, 2012
KVC transferred the last remaining one-third of child welfare cases within the Easter Service Area (ESA) to NFC.

December 24, 2012
NFC became COA accredited.

Do You Want a Rewarding Career?

PromiseShip (PS) is a public-private partnership contracted by the State of Nebraska to provide child welfare services in Douglas and Sarpy counties. We work to improve the outcomes of children and families in the child welfare system.

We aim to not only recognize talent but also passion and drive. We are seeking individuals who are forward thinking and creative with a strong sense of purpose.

If you are driven to make a difference in your community and you have a passion for helping children and families, there may be a place for you at PS. View our open positions or contact us today to explore available opportunities.

Whether you are working directly with children and families or providing vital support, your contribution helps kids get better and families stay together.

Our Culture

PromiseShip is a progressive organization that embraces a solution-focused environment.

Our culture is one of innovation and collaboration. With a strong focus on community, we build strengths and work together to achieve our goals. When joining the PS team, you can look forward to making a positive impact on your surrounding community.

PS employees are committed to our mission of building on child, family and community strengths so that all children and families are safe, healthy and thriving. We are devoted to helping families be families.

We invest in our employees by offering trainings and opportunities for professional development. We also encourage and support everyone to set and work towards personal career goals.

We promote involvement…

At PromiseShip our employees take part in change and get involved beyond their normal work duties.

Employee Committees and Work Groups




•Staff Management

•Risk Management

•Operations Management

•Quality Management

•Utilization & Network Management •Safety

Two of our committees are highlighted below.

Employee Planning and Involvement Committee (EPIC)

EPIC was established to assure PS provides opportunities for employee engagement. EPIC strives to increase employee involvement through a variety of efforts while promoting our Mission, Vision and Values. EPIC works to enhance communication and involvement at all levels! Members of EPIC help to organize, plan and/or implement a variety of employee activities (i.e. Food Trucks, Thank a Worker Day, PS Blood Drive, PS Employee Picnic, Holiday Events, and/or Fund Raisers). We are not afraid of having fun!

Wellness Committee

The purpose of the Wellness Committee is to promote a health-conscious environment for PS staff by coordinating events and activities focused around mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being while adhering to and carrying out the PS Mission and Vision. The Wellness Committee provides staff with information on healthy tips and guidelines within and outside of the workplace setting. They create, plan and execute health-conscious activities and events (i.e. lunch and learns, “Get Healthy” challenges and bringing in speakers).

We value feedback…

At PS, we care about our employees and know how important it is to keep open communication.

Every year we conduct a survey allowing employees the opportunity to have their voice heard. We then create a plan of action based on the feedback.

When you join PS you get to be a part of an organization that listens to employees.

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    "PromiseShip shows real Promise to its workers and the families we help."

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    I have been working at PromiseShip full-time (More than 8 years)


    Plenty of opportunities for growth and advancement in many of the career paths at PromiseShip. Change is made when change is needed, not just to make a change. PromiseShip has a very diverse staff which makes us able to meet the needs of the families we serve better that most agencies like ours. Employees are treated fairly and with respect. PromiseShip invests time and money in the development of their staff and the agency. We have an amazing Wellness program showing the agency understands taking care of yourself is key to taking care of business. I have worked at this agency since they began as Nebraska Families Collaborative, and I don't plan on leaving any time soon. This is one of the best agencies I have ever worked for in terms of pay, benefits, employee recognition, and versatility.


    Some of the cases our agency works with can be challenging. You have to really have a heart for helping other and resiliency at times, when some of the families you work with don't seem to want your help, but you know you still need to help them for their well-being and the well-being of their children. (Just keep your bucket full with those great moments you have with families and the successes you see daily in your cases. That is always a reminder, that you are making a difference and gets you balanced again to go out and make a difference again.)

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps, look at careers that don't have as much opportunity for advancement and find a way to show the development and growth of those employees over time.

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    Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PromiseShip (Omaha, NE) in December 2012.


    I was contacted by someone in the HR department who offered me an initial phone interview. After the phone interview, I was later contacted to set up an in-person interview, which was conducted by a group of staff at the organization's main office location. The interview was held in a small conference room. The group took turns asking me the interview questions, and the interview went longer than anticipated. The members made me feel welcome and comfortable throughout the group interview process. I was contacted the next day by HR and offered the position.

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