Foster Parent Licensing

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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:

Division of Children & Family Services

P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
Phone: (402) 471-9272


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