Because childhood matters...
Become a foster parent
Will you consider opening your heart and home to a child who needs you?
All children need loving, nurturing role models — especially those who come into foster care. They need a safe, secure home that will shelter them from the trauma and pain they have had in their young lives. YOU can be that safe haven; YOU can change a vulnerable child's life.
As a foster parent...
You can make a significant difference in a child’s life.
You can form life-long relationships with those you help.
You can learn new things about yourself.
You can strengthen your parenting skills.
Your life will be changed FOREVER.
Creating a stable and nurturing home for a child in foster care requires a strong commitment to be there for a child or teen that has most likely suffered great hurt in their young lives. There is no one “face” of foster care. Foster parents can be single or married; working, staying at home, or attending school; male or female; with biological children of their own or without.
Why partner with Child Saving Institute?
We offer one-on-one ongoing support including home visits by a Foster Care Specialist, ongoing educational opportunities and connections with experienced foster parents...a team of people working together with you to ensure success and healthy relationships. Perhaps most important, you have access to an experienced, caring staff who are available to answer your phone calls any time of the day or night. We not only care about kids — we care about you and your success as a family.
To be a Child Saving Institute foster parent you must be:
Be at least 21 years of age
Be a resident of Douglas or Sarpy counties
Be able to satisfy additional licensing requirements established by the State of Nebraska
Participate in an 11-week Foster Parent training class at Child Saving Institute
Provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment
Agree to be the primary provider for the foster children in your care
Provide housing, transportation, clothing, recreational activities and medical care for foster children in your care
Serve as a member of the child’s treatment team
Assist the child in setting and accomplishing goals
Participate in home visits
Keep notes and records documenting the child’s care and progress
Throughout this process, Child Saving Institute staff will offer support, advice and encouragement. Once a child is placed in your home, your foster care specialist will work closely with you to make the placement a success.