Children and Family Services

What would you like to do?

What you need to know


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 

  • Individuals who have a significant pre-existing relationship with the child or children for whom they care for. Examples can include a former teacher, coach, neighbor, god-parent, parent of a child's friend, etc.

Licensed Foster Home 

  • Those living at the same residence who care for a child or children whom they have not previously known.      

What is required to be a Foster Parent?

1. Background checks - Background checks are required for all members of the household that are 18 years old and older.  A national criminal history check including fingerprinting will also be conducted.

2. Home Study - A home study is required and is conducted by either DHHS or a contracted foster care agency. Home studies vary in duration due to factors inside the home.

3. References - Three positive reference checks 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 is required for each adult household member providing care, signed by a health practitioner. These forms will be provided to you by DHHS or a contracted foster care agency.​

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.

Foster Care Resources

Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Families

Provides training, support groups & mentors

Foster Care Closet

Provides help with clothing & personal care items

Medicaid For Former Foster Care Youth

Eligibility and Medicaid Benefits

Nebraska Association of Homes & Services for Children

Provides direct services to children and families

Therapeutic Family Care

Support for youth in the higher tiers of foster care, in need of additional crisis services


For more information about becoming a foster parent and/or other resources, please contact the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association​ at: 1-800-7PARENT (1-800-772-7368).