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:
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
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.