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Would you like to become a foster parent in Nebraska? Send
us an email or call (800) 267-9876. You can also download our free inquiry packet or free informational foster care palm card.
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Every year, hundreds of youth in Nebraska are removed
from their families because of neglect and abuse. While these families
heal, their children need a safe, loving, home-like atmosphere with
minimal judgment and abundant patience.
A Team Approach
Foster parents have the most direct contact with the child; they are central to the planning
team, which also consists of:
- LFS foster care staff
- A Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services case manager
- The biological parents
- Teachers, therapists, counselors and other professionals involved with the family
The team works together in the child's best interests:
- A therapist provides the foster childīs treatment.
- The foster parent initiates visits with the child's biological family, ensures visits occur, and may assist with supervising desired behavior changes.
- Foster parents can mentor the biological parents
- The biological parents and child reunite after meeting certain criteria—if this is not possible, a guardian or someone willing to adopt a foster child is identified.
LFS offers the following types of foster care in Nebraska:
- Emergency: immediate 24-hour care for children in crisis and
waiting for placement.
- Foster Care: Foster parents respond to a child’s immediate
need for a foster placement 24 hours a day. The length of placement varies depending
on the situation.
- Specialized: care for children experiencing emotional and
behavioral problems requiring support and guidance.
- RSafe® Treatment Foster Care: Foster
parents receive specific training to care for children experiencing emotional
and behavioral disturbances including sexual behaviors.
Care Adoption: Lutheran Family Services diligently finds permanent
adoptive homes for children who are legally free for adoption.
So you are ready to start the process of
becoming a licensed foster parent!
Why choose LFS?
- The ratio between LFS foster care specialists and foster parents is balanced
to ensure each foster family receives the time, attention and support they need
for successful placements.
- The LFS foster care program is directed and supervised by staff who have been
foster parents themselves, therefore understand the challenges and rewards of
caring for foster children.
- LFS believes it important that foster children know their belongings are valued
and this is why every child who enters an LFS foster home is provided with a
suitcase for their belongings to be transported in.
- Foster families and foster children are provided with care packages at the
beginning of a placement and through out the year. These packages often include
clothing, toys, household cleaners, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, laundry detergent,
dish washing detergent and other items that a family typically uses more amounts
of as their families grow.
- LFS offers holiday gift assistance. In 2012, Morning Star Lutheran Church collaborated
with LFS and all foster homes were offered a complete Thanksgiving dinner basket.
- Foster Families receive 24 days of paid respite per year. In addition to this,
LFS helps locate and arrange the respite when ever possible. If a foster parent
experiences a unique situation in which additional respite is needed LFS may
provide temporary additional respite on a case by case basis.
- All foster parents qualify for the Employee Assistance Program. This allows
foster parents access to short-term counseling in the areas of stress, relationships,
parenting, job concerns, grief, depression, emotional difficulties and financial
- Foster Parents have access to 15+ training's on a wide variety of topics including
but not limited to: parenting, attachment and cultural issues.
- Foster Parents have access to ongoing on-line training. This allows foster
parents to earn their yearly required CEU at times which are convenient for them
and in the comfort of their own home.
- Foster Parents are notified of community discounts and family centered activities.
RSafe® Treatment Foster Care
RSafe® (Reparation and Safety) is a specialized program to help foster parents understand and help a sexually victimized child.
- Specially trained foster parents
- Support from a professional foster care team
- One foster child per home
- Structured family environment
- Children enrolled in this program must also be enrolled in LFS' RSafe® counseling program.
Not ready to become a licensed foster parent but want to get involved? Click here for more ways to help foster children.
For more information or to become a foster parent in Nebraska,
please email us or call us at (800) 267-9876.