Nebraska Law Requires National Criminal History Records – Fingerprints for Anyone Who Works In a Residential Child Caring Agency. Here are the Requirements and Instructions:
In Nebraska, anyone who provides foster care or adoption services to children and youth must be licensed. There are two types of licenses: Residential Child-Caring Agency: An organization which is incorporated for the purpose of providing care for children and youth in buildings maintained by the organization for that purpose. Child-Placing Agency: An organization which is authorized for its articles of incorporation and by its license to place children in foster family or adoptive homes.
Initial Licensing The Department of Human Services, Public Health, Children's Services Licensing would like to assist you in determining which license is appropriate for the services you intend to provide for Nebraska children and youth. To assist you in an accurate and timely manner, please complete the Residential Child-Caring and Child-Placing Agency Pre-Screening Tool.
Based on evaluation of your pre-screening responses, you will be provided additional information or resources to assist you further at the email address provided on the pre-screening document.
Residential Child-Caring Agency and Child-Placing Agency licenses are renewed annually per regulations adopted in 2021.
Residential Child-Caring Agency licenses expire on September 30 of each calendar year. Child-Placing Agency licenses expire on March 31 of each calendar year. At least 60 days prior to expiration, currently licensed agencies will receive written correspondence from Children's Services Licensing requesting they submit complete renewal materials for their specific license type.
For Residential Child-Caring Agency renewal, please submit:
For Child-Placing Agency renewal, please submit:
Renewed licenses will not be issued to the licensee without proper application and payment.
Unless requested otherwise, all information may be mailed to:
Nebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesLicensure UnitChildren's Services LicensingPO Box 94986Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Any licensee who needs to make a change to the license must obtain approval from the Department of Health and Human Services. To obtain approval, please e-mail DHHS.ChildCareLicensing@nebraska.gov for an application. The application can be sent to:
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Licensure Unit Children's Services Licensing PO Box 94986 Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Changes in the license include:
The department investigates all allegations of licensing violations in children and youth care facilities. Complaints related to a licensed Residential Child-Caring or Child-Placing Agency can be made by one of the following methods:
Department of Health and Human Services Children's Services Licensing PO Box 94986 Lincoln, Ne 68509
When making the complaint, please include the following:
Fee must be received before a license will be issued. Fees are non-refundable. Cash is not accepted.
You are required to have pre-licensing inspections before you can begin operation. The department will investigate to determine if you are able to ensure the proper care and treatment of children. Types of inspections include:
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Children's Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 3rd Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.