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




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
Tiffany Dalton
Phone: 402-318-7590

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

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.