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.


Things you should know


Foster and adoption licensing requirements


Both foster and adoptive parents must complete the 27-hour PRIDE training course. PRIDE stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. The PRIDE training course is a model for developing and supporting foster families and adoptive families. The main topics are:

  • Protecting and nurturing children
  • Meeting children's developmental needs and addressing developmental delays
  • Supporting relationships between children and their families
  • Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime
  • Working as a member of a professional team

Costs to foster and adopt




Agency contact and orientation information


Parent support groups


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, feel free to call the association office at toll free 877-257-0176 or the Resource Family Consultant in your area.

Spanish interpreter
Magarita Flores
Phone: 402-936-5468

Resource family consutant, northeastern/eastern area
Contact: Tammy Welker
Phone: 402-989-2197

Resource family consultant, northwestern area
Contact: Robbie Blume
Phone: 402-853-1091

Resource family consultant, central area
Contact: Brenda Saltzman
Phone: 402-853-1090

Resource family consultant, western area
Contact: Sue Ganitch
Phone: 308-641-0624

Parent support groups facilitated/supported by DHHS staff:

  • Columbus: First Monday of each month unless it is a holiday and then it is the second Monday. Generally the group meet at the department office. Contact Maggie Fleming for more information, 402-564-1113, Ext. 204.
  • Dakota City: Support group meetings are usually every third Monday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. Contact Arlene Shockman for more information, 402-241-0032, Ext. 120.
  • Fremont: Dates and locations vary, depending on who the speaker is and when they are available. Contact Judi Pedersen for more information, 402-727-3237.
  • Norfolk: Every other month the third Monday of the month 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Jennifer Buss for more information, (402) 370-3150.
  • O'Neill and Ainsworth: Contact Patti Brady for more information, 402-887-4196.

Information on Nebraska's children


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