To have foster children in your home you must have a state license. There is no fee for a foster care license.
The following are required to become a licensed foster parent:
- You must be 19 years or older and able to provide three favorable references;
- You must be able to show you are in good health;
- You must obey state traffic laws about child restraint systems and seat belts for children;
- Private well water must meet state standards (the state pays for the water testing);
- You must provide each foster child with a bed;
- State fire codes must be met if licensed for four or more children; and
- A state sanitarian will visit your home if you care for seven or more children.
Foster parent licenses are issued for two years. A renewal letter will be sent before the license expires.
Being licensed does not mean that children will be placed in your home.
The following web site explains the licensing process: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/reg/t474.htm.