For Immediate Release
Feb. 24, 2011
Contact: Bev Carlson
Director of Public Relations
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
bcarlson@LFSneb.org or (402) 978.5646,
cell (402) 639.0957
Foster Care Reimbursement:
In response to the ongoing concerns about foster care family reimbursement,
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska will, at its own expense, increase
the daily rate paid to its foster parents. Starting March
1, 2011 the traditional rate for LFS parents
will increase to $15/day. The rates for Emergency, Continuity,
and Agency-based levels will remain the same.
All other support will continue,
including 24 hour on-call availability, case management, direct support,
and respite care.
Foster Care Adoption – Fandango®:
Over 900 Nebraska children are currently in foster care and available
for adoption. While they wait for a permanent family, these children
are moved from foster home to foster home, hoping that some day someone
will care enough to love them and give them some permanency.
Fandango® is a fundraiser created on behalf of these children.
On Friday, February 25, a live/silent auction and
dinner at Champions Run in Omaha will raise awareness and funding
to find homes for foster children. Attendees will hear, via video,
some of these children tell their own stories of their heart’s
desire for a permanent family.
Early Childhood Therapies/Child Sexual Abuse:
Lutheran Family Services will receive a $60,000 grant from Promise
Partners for expanded early childhood mental health therapies in
In addition to an expansion of the current specialized
therapies offered at the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy
Families, the grant now allows the addition of the RSafe® (Reparation
and Safety) Program. RSafe® treats child
victims of sexual abuse, children with sexual behavior problems and
families of those affected by child sexual abuse.
In Lincoln, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is now offering
two important early childhood specialized therapies.
PCIT (Parent/Child Interaction Therapy)
CPP (Child/Parent Psychotherapy)
During PCIT, parents learn play therapy skills
to enhance their parent-child relationship. Parents also learn
to manage their child’s behaviors through behavioral principles
and discipline techniques. More information at www.pcit.org
CPP is used with children ages birth to 6 who have
experienced interpersonal violence or trauma.
Both of these therapies
have been used successfully at other locations (including Council
Bluffs) as part of LFS’ ongoing commitment
to early intervention and prevention programming. The Lincoln
office is already taking referrals.
Lutheran Family Services is a community-based organization
which impacts over 35,000 individuals annually, from 31 offices in
18 cities in the areas of behavioral health, children services and