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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

 Public Education

 Child Care

 Health Care


 Redefined Roles


 Public Benefits

Please visit our calendar to see when The Kinship Connection training is offered in your area.