Children and Family Services

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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 

  • Those who have a significant pre-existing relationship with the child or children for whom they care.  Examples are a current or former teacher, coach or neighbor

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 - These are required on all members of their household ages 18 years old and older, including a national criminal history check through fingerprinting for all household members age 18 years old and older.

2. Home Study - A home study is required and is conducted by either the Department of Health and Human Services or a contracted foster care agency. 

3. References - Three positive references 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 are required for each adult household member providing care, signed by a health practitioner. These forms will be provided to you by DHHS.

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

Connected Youth Initiative

Provides services for youth aging out of foster care

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

Pandemic Foster Care

A new program to assist young adults who have aged out of or are aging out of Foster Care during the Pandemic.

Older Youth Supportive Funds

Nebraska Older Youth Support Services Relief Program to provide financial assistance to older adults between the ages of 23-27 who have had previous out-of-home foster care experience between the ages of 14 and 19.


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).