Relatives and friends are the most natural resources there are to help and support bio-parents and children in need of out-of-home care. Therefore, DHHS is required by law to find and contact relatives and other people with close connections to the family when a child enters state custody.
Kinship & Relative caregivers have a connection to this family that none of the professionals have. This connection is real and important, even if they “haven’t talked in ages.’”
Because of the connection to the family, a Relativer or Kinship home may:
- Best meet the child’s needs.
- Maintain better connections to the child’s family.
- Offer the permanency the child might need.
To meet the needs of the many relative & kinship foster parents in Nebraska, NFAPA has developed a training and a resource guide specifically for these caregivers. The Kinship Connection: A Resource Guide for Kinship & Relative Foster Families in Nebraska can be downloaded here.
The Kinship Connection training will provide Relative & Kinship families with training on the following topics:
Permanency Options for Children and Youth
The Legal Process