Special Award For A Wonder Mom


Thanksgiving for many families means a packed house, kids running all around. In the Richardson family home, this is the case everyday.

As the Richardson kids play doctor, climb counters, and bounce a ball for the dog, it's not immediately apparent to see the family resemblance.

"It doesn't matter what their problems are, who they are, or what color their skin is or anything, I love them all," said Patti Richardson, mother of ten.

That's because Richardson is a foster parent who's adopted a few of her foster kids over the years.

She has four biological children, but in her 30 years of fostering 6 have become her adopted children. In total, she said she has had 180 foster children.

But the children she chose to adopt each came with a special need.

"Gina was actually my first special needs child, and at the time that she was brought to my home I did not know that she had fetal alcohol syndrome," said Richardson.

Then Wesley, born positive for methamphetamine. Aiden had a heart defect. Anahla had already went through a liver, small bowel and pancreas transplant.

"When I met her she was on her deathbed, and they put her in a medically induced coma, and I fell in love with her too," said Richardson.

Little Lasia, the youngest, is fortunately healthy.

In our eyes, Richardson is Omaha's Mother Teresa in shorts and a T-shirt. And it's easy to see after just a few minutes their family resemblance is the love they have for each other.

"They are all special, all my kids are special," said Richardson.

Because of her strength and love for children, Richardson was recognized by Heartland Family Service for succeeding through challenges. It's something she doesn't see as a challenge at all, happily caring for all her kids, no matter the age.

Richardson has been fostering for 30 years with the Nebraska Children's Home Society.
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