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June 25, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

DHHS Wants to Expedite Processing of Payments to Visinet Foster Parents

Lincoln – Foster parents who weren’t paid by Visinet for serving children and families in the weeks prior to its closing are eligible for payment through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

On June 3, DHHS sent letters to nearly 500 foster parents and asked them for information to verify the amount owed them for serving children and families between March 21 and April 15. As of today, approximately 170 or 34 percent of the foster parents have responded and 163 or 32.6 percent have been paid.

“If they haven’t already, I’d like to encourage each foster parent to send us information so we can process their check as soon as possible,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS. “We would really like to receive information from foster parents by August 1st. We would like to finalize payments as quickly as possible and get foster parents paid what they are owed by Visinet.”

Former Visinet foster parents are being asked to provide this information:

  • Name of child cared for;
  • Placement beginning and end dates;
  • Daily rate paid by Visinet;
  • Total amount owed them by Visinet for this period;
  • Total amount paid to them by other contractors or affiliated Child Placing Agencies, if applicable.

This information can be emailed to; mailed to Sherri Haber, Division of Children and Family Services, P. O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; or delivered to the 3rd Floor, Nebraska State Office Bldg, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE.

Reckling said, “I’d like to thank the foster parents again for working with the Department during the time of concerns with Visinet and helping to keep children in their same foster homes.”