A central Nebraska woman is now a single parent — times three. Lindsie Lybarger recently adopted three foster brothers.
The 31-year-old Lybarger is a preschool teacher in Kearney and says she loves kids and knew the boys needed a caring home, so she got licensed as a foster parent.
“I thought it was going to be a short-term thing and I was okay with that,” Lybarger says. “I just wanted to give them a home and stability and love for the time being. As time went on, it became evident that they were going to need a permanent placement. I actually had them in foster care for three-and-a-half years before I was able to adopt them.”
The boys, Chance, Xavier and Sean are six, seven and eight.
Lybarger, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall, says she made the transition from being a single person to becoming a single mother while finishing up work on her bachelor’s degree.
“I was just trying to figure out how to be a parent and work and get everything set up for them and then take care of them during the day,” she says. “When they would go to sleep at night, I was trying to get my homework done and all of that so we could get up the next morning and do it all over again. It was busy but we got there.”
Lybarger was named Foster Parent of the Year in 2015 by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for the Central Service Area.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney