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Foster parents provide care for children who cannot safely remain in their own home. There are three types of foster parents in Nebraska.
Relative foster parents are persons who are related to the children by blood, marriage or adoption.
Kinship foster parents are persons with whom the child or children have a significant pre-existing relationship, such as a neighbor or teacher.
The third type are persons who choose to become licensed foster parents for children they have not previously known.
All foster parents must participate in a home study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services or a designated foster care agency. As part of the home study process, background checks will be conducted to ensure for the safety of children, interviews will be conducted, and positive references will be obtained.
Foster parents are asked to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children who are placed with them. Foster parents provide for immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter, and also provide for the child’s unique and individual needs to include support of their family connections, school activities and medical and emotional needs. Foster parents are reimbursed financially for the care of foster children.
Foster parents work with families to reunify children whenever possible, they may also provide permanency through adoption or guardianship when reunification does not occur foster parents work with families to reunify children whenever possible, they may also provide permanency through adoption or guardianship when reunification does not occur.
May is foster parent appreciation month to thank and celebrate foster parents. The Department of Health and Human Services would like to thank foster parents for opening their hearts and homes to children.
For further information regarding becoming a foster parent and other supportive resources, please contact the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association at: 1-800-7PARENT (1-800-772-7368).