Today you are taken to a new neighborhood to live with a new family – with parents, brothers and sisters you have never met.
Now, imagine your only possessions are the clothes on your back and what has been stuffed into the paper bag you are carrying.
Children in Foster Care in Nebraska face this situation often - sometimes several times a year. It can be frightening for a child of any age. Nebraska Friends of Foster Children helps children in foster care get through the days ahead with hope.
Please visti their website for more information: www.ne-friends.org
FOSTER CARE TRANSITION TOOLKIT
The passage to adulthood is challenging for anyone, but for youth in foster care, it can be especially lonesome, confusing, and uncertain. The Department of Education released a toolkit to help youth in our nation's foster care system and those who work to support them.
Digital Parenting and Cyber Safety
NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Parent Portal on social-emotional development.
Family tools for nurturing children's social-emotional development.
(Available in English and Spanish) Visit this landing page at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation of Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the door of resources for families opens wide! From "Teaching Your Child To: Identify and Express Emotions" to "Tips on Nurturing your Child's Social Emotional Development", these tip sheets are short, family-friendly, and backed by research. Several tip sheets are also available in Spanish.
Podcast | Early experiences count: How emotional development unfolds starting at birth.
In this podcast, Dr. Ross Thompson describes how early emotional development unfolds and what parents can do to nurture strong, positive social and emotional skills starting at birth.
Check out Expertise.com's kids safety guide, which includes chapters on common household hazards for children of all ages, tv and internet safety for kids, firearm and gun safety for kids, and home childproofing tips.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs. http://www.nacac.org/
The Central Plains Center for Service provides a variety of opportunities for positive change to individuals, families, and communities throughout the entire state. The following programs are currently being offered. Parents as Teachers Program, The PALS (Preparation for Adult Living Services) program & Education and Training Vouchers. See their website for additional information at http://www.central-plains.org
The Child Welfare League of America is an association of almost 1,200 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services. http://www.cwla.org
The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which strives to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong voice on behalf of all children. http://www.nfpainc.org
May is National Foster Care Month for more information on what's happening around the country for National Foster Care Month go to http://www.fostercaremonth.org
For information about the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services website. http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/children_family_services.aspx
If you are interested in reviewing information relating to foster care and adoption in Nebraska, go to http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_t390.aspx for Nebraska regulations.
Our staff includes Resource Family Consultants who specialize in one-on-one relationships, which provide foster parents with emotional encouragement, skill reinforcement, and parenting strategies unique to providing out-of-home care.
The Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NFAPA) offers scholarships to adoptive, foster, guardianship or kinship youth who wish to further their education beyond high school or GED.
There is an ongoing need in Nebraska for families willing to share their hearts and their homes with children who require temporary foster care. There is also a need for “forever” families for our waiting children, especially teens, who are available for adoption.