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Required Training for ALL Nebraska Foster Parents

Human Trafficking Training

Nebraska Foster Parents are required to take a Human Trafficking Training.  This training is offered on the Health & Human Services Website at:

You can watch the "Preventing Human Trafficking for Foster Parents" video in English or Spanish and then take the Post Test (also available in English or Spanish) to receive credit.  Be sure to list your full name (include your spouse's name if you are watching it together!) before you submit.  No certificate will be given.  Please screen shot that you passed the test and send it to your pre-service instructor or licensing worker.  Be sure to include the date you completed the training.

In the "Preventing Human Trafficking for Foster Parents" it references a video from Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, a survivor of sex trafficking. Please see the segment below.  

Sex Trafficking & Foster Care Kids

Safe Kids Nebraska Car Seat Training

Nebraska Foster Parents should complete the Safe Kids Nebraska Car Seat Training.  You can access it on the Health & Human Services Website.  You will receive a certificate once completed and you should give it to your instructor if attending pre-service training or your licensing worker.  

Reasonable Prudent Parent Standards (RPPS)

Growing up in foster care/out-of-home placement has often meant not having access to typical life experiences for youth that are an essential part of childhood and adolescence. These activities and experiences can range from hanging out with friends to attending school dances and participating in sports and learning skills needed to transition to adulthood. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act was passed by the United States Congress in Sept 2014 and is designed to promote the safety, permanency, well-being, and normalcy of youth in foster care. Several provisions of the Act are focused on ensuring that youth in foster care have access to these same childhood experiences as their “non-foster” peers.

Reasonable and Prudent Parenting helps get at normalcy as it pertains to foster parents and facilitating staff exercising their best judgment as it relates to youth’s activity involvement, approval, etc.   Please go to and watch the video, submit your responses and receive a certificate.  This video is approximately 30 minutes long.  Send your certificate to your pre-service trainer or licensing worker.  

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services and Project Harmony collaborated on this training.  To access this training, please go to, register your email, and create a password.  Complete the demographics and then navigate to the catalog.  You will need to select the "Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Courses".  Click to enroll.  Please be aware there are two courses to take.  You must complete an exam after each course with an 80% or higher to pass.  Your certificates for each course will be available for download from My LearningI or email.  

A computer would display the content better than a mobile device. Each course is approximately 1 hour long.  If you are watching this training with your spouse or partner, be sure to include BOTH names when you register.  Otherwise, their name will not be on the certificates to show they completed the training.  Send your certificates from course one and course two to your preservice trainer or your licensing worker.  

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been working with the County Court Judges, County Attorney GAL's, CASA, FCRB, Parents Attorneys, and others as part of, "Through the Eyes of a Child" Initiative meetings with the courts.

In Lancaster County children will be expected to attend dispositional and review hearings. All ages, as appropriate. It is presumed the child/youth will be at their court hearing unless it is determined by the DHHS worker in consultation with the GAL that the child should not attend. Foster parents will be asked to transport youth to the hearings. In cases where that is not possible, DHHS staff will be responsible for transporting.

The issue of getting kids to court is one that other judges are also starting to look at as part of the change and improvement. It is hopeful that other courts around the state may sometime in the future also want to have children at court if the children are not already attending.The fact that children will be required to attend court hearings should facilitate Resource Parents receiving notice of court hearings and hopefully, the opportunity to be heard in court.

Click here for a copy of the Caregiver Form.  

Because so many youth are involved in the Nebraska juvenile court system, there are forms available for these children to fill out  so their voice is being heard. Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative has partnered with several agencies so youth have a voice.   You can find more information on the Nebraska Supreme Court Website. 

Young Child Court Form
Children in the child welfare system typically want to talk to their judge and let him or her know what is going on in their life. Attending court hearings is a great way for the child to be involved and express his or her opinions. If that is not possible, the Young Child Court Form is a great alternative. The Young Child Court Form is intended for children around the developmental ages of 6 to 10. We encourage that a trusted person known to the child assist him or her in filling out the form. The form can be given to a party to submit or can be sent directly to the court. 

Youth Court Form
Updated in 2019 with the input of judges and youth councils, this older youth questionnaire was designed as a way for young people to inform the judge of what is going on in their lives and to make requests about the case.  Completing the form is voluntary, and all parties to the case have the opportunity to review the form.  TTEOC has worked with Project Everlast for several years in its design and implementation.

The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) provides a guidebook for foster parents and relative caregivers on the  Nebraska Juvenile Court Child Protection Process.  Click here for a copy.  

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