Nebraska foster care and adoption guidelines

Thank you for your interest in our waiting children. The adoption and foster care process may take some time, but the rewards are well worth the effort. You will find there are many resources available to you, and we recommend that you become involved in as many ways with the foster and adoption community as you feel comfortable.


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Foster and adoption licensing requirements


Both foster and adoptive parents must complete the TIPS-MAPP training course. TIPS-MAPP stands for Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting. TIPS-MAPP will help prospective foster and adoptive families learn the following objectives:

  •  Ensure the family assessment is objective and described in specific, behavioral terms.
  • Increase the amount of responsibility prospective foster parents and adoptive parents take in the decision-making process, as a foundation for the responsibility they will take after a child is placed in their home.
  • Set the foundation for partnership between parents and social service agency staff.
  •  Provide an opportunity for prospective foster parents and adoptive parents to make an informed decision about their ability to foster or adopt, based on an assessment of their ability to respond to simulated foster care and adoption experiences.
  •  Prepare prospective adoptive parents and foster parents for the initial and long-term impacts of a new child in their family system.
  • Give new foster parents and adoptive parents some guidelines and practice to deal with issues that most often cause placement disruptions (e.g., children's behavior during the grieving process; children's feelings toward birth or other families; working with the agency).
  •  Prepare adoptive parents for the life-long issues they will confront as their child matures to and through adulthood.

Costs to foster and adopt



Post-adoption support services


Support groups are listed on the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association website and are facilitated by an association resource family consultant.

If you have questions about a support group in your area,  call the association office at toll free 877-257-0176 or contact the resource family consultant in your area:

Resource Family Consultant, Eastern Service Area Contact: Tammy Welker
Phone: 402-989-2197

Resource Family Consultant, Northern/Central Service Area
Contact: Robbie Blume
Phone: 402-853-1091

Resource Family Consultant, Central Service Area/Southwest Service Area
Contact: Terry Robinson
 Phone: 402-460-7296

Resource Family Consultant, Western Service Area (panhandle)
Contact: Jolie Camden
Phone: 308-672-3658

Also see the website of Right Turn Adoption Strong.

Information on Nebraska's children


There are 6,231 children in foster care in Nebraska; 913 of these children are waiting for adoptive families.