Parenting Across Color Lines (PACL) is an innovative approach to peer support and recovery for caregivers who are parenting transracially, are in an interracial relationship with bi-racial children or adults who grew up transracially.
Many families are ill-equipped to help their children develop healthy racial identities in predominately white Nebraska. White parents do not understand their children's daily experiences. Children need acceptance of their experiences and validation from their parents to grow into a positive racial identity. This group has many benefits for families that attend by sharing information, having open discussions, exploring differences and sharing experiences and feelings. They also learn about different resources in the community and receive support from each other.
This is a monthly support group where children are welcome to attend. At the start of the meetings we will have thoughtful information that is connected to families, children and race and transition into discussion. We will also offer several family events throughout the year to include the children.
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.