Creating safety and permanency
Whether you’re choosing to become a foster parent, or you’re a parent whose child is living in a foster home, the foster care process requires trust, education and collaboration. Nebraska Children’s Home is proud to be a foster care facilitator, uniting foster parents with the children and adolescents who need them, and ensuring that the children’s parents stay involved, connected and satisfied with the care their children receive.
Foster Care services:
Family Preparation and Support
As families and individuals prepare to move forward with foster care, we provide a variety of services to ensure children receive loving care in a safe environment from people they trust — and that the caregivers feel informed and supported.
Pathways to Permanency
The steps toward achieving permanency vary from family to family, and our services are designed to ensure a personalized, thoughtful process. Options Counseling Education and Mediation is available to parents with children in out-of-home care.
Our Foster Care Program
Our foster care philosophy is based on the idea that all parties involved – parents, foster parents and the professionals at Nebraska Children’s Home Society – are integral to the child’s well-being and should work together for the best possible outcome.
The Foster Care program at Nebraska Children’s Home Society provides temporary care for children who are working towards reunifying with their family.
Nebraska Children’s Home Society foster families provide a safe and loving home to children and also support and mentor a child’s parents and extended family members. If struggles cannot be resolved through temporary foster care placement, other permanency options for the child’s future are explored. Children needing care include teens learning independence, large sibling groups and children with special medical and developmental needs.
Benefits of Fostering
So many of our foster families experience numerous benefits – from knowing they’ve made a difference in the life of a child and the community as a whole, to personal growth and expanded awareness for their families.
Becoming a Foster Parent
The first step to becoming a foster parent is to contact us to arrange a time to meet with you and explain the foster care licensing process.
After getting to know each other, we can mutually determine if we are a match. If we decide to move forward, you’ll enroll in one of our foster parent training classes.
Foster care training is designed to educate families on the unique issues related to caring for children that have experienced the trauma of being removed from their caretakers. This training will equip families with the skills needed to provide children in foster care with a safe, stable, and nurturing home.
Families interested in becoming licensed foster parents through Nebraska Children’s Home Society are required to complete pre-service training. Foster parents are required to complete training prior to becoming licensed.
The minimum requirements for becoming a licensed foster parent are:
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Background checks with local, state, and national law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, Child Protection Services, Department of Motor Vehicle, and Sex Offender.
- Completion of the Foster Parent Training Class
- Completion of an in-depth home study.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, please call 402.659.9996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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