OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Eighty-one-year old Gloria Leiferman of Omaha has been living her dream.
"I knew from the time that I was a little kid that I wanted to be a nurse and that I wanted to be a baby nurse," she said in an interview with WOWT 6 News.
It started as a youngster when Gloria's brother was born. She was 12 at the time. "I took care of him more than my mom did because she was working," she said.
Gloria earned her nursing degree from Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha and for much of her career she worked as a NICU nurse. It was during that time when Gloria, who raised six children of her own, realized she wanted to do more.
"I was working in NICU and kept seeing these little babies going into foster care, and I thought that's what I want to do."
Several days later Gloria went to a seminar at Boys Town on child abuse and neglect and visited with a case worker and shortly after had all the papers to become a foster parent.
That was in 1979 and now 37 years later, Gloria is still caring for foster babies. In fact, the baby who is currently under her watch during the day is the 250th baby she has cared for.
"I love what I do, it's my calling in life," she said. "Just because I love having a baby in my arms, I've always loved babies. They've done way more for me, than I've done for them"
Gloria has scrapbooks filled with pictures of the babies that received her loving care including several sets of twins and even triplets.
"Lots of special needs babies too," she said. "Those are the ones I really love to care for, I think because of my nursing background I'm not afraid."
Gloria enjoys getting together with her friends and she said they all know than when she joins them she will have a baby along with her.
"Next July my license runs out and it will be time to quit. I was hoping to get to 300 but that's not going to happen. I'll be 82 and I think it's time."
Asked what her feelings are about caring for 250 foster babies, Gloria said, "It's time to have a party!"
Gloria worked as a foster parent through Child Saving Institute in Omaha. For more information click on the link included with this story.
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