Foster parents provide care for children who cannot safely remain in their own home. Foster homes provide support for foster children through either the Department of Health and Human Services or a contracted foster care agency.
There are three types of foster parents in Nebraska:
Relative Foster Home
Kinship Foster Home
Licensed Foster Home
1. Background checks - These are required on all members of their household ages 13 years old and older, including a national criminal history check through fingerprinting for all household members age 18 years old and older.
2. Home Study - A home study is required and is conducted by either the Department of Health and Human Services or a contracted foster care agency.
3. References - Three positive references are required for each adult household member who will provide care to children.
4. Application - A completed foster care licensing application and a health information report are required for each adult household member providing care, signed by a health practitioner. These forms will be provided to you by DHHS.
5. Training - Adult household members providing care are required to attend foster parent pre-service training. This training will be provided to you by DHHS.
Provides services for youth aging out of foster care
Provides training, support groups & mentors
Provides help with clothing & personal care items
Provides grants for items such as sports/activity fees, music & dance lessons, prom attire, senior pictures, etc.
Provides direct services to children and families