Foster care is a temporary placement of children who have been removed from their biological family, usually because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, until they can return home.
Foster families are individuals that desire to understand the needs and problems of these special children, a willingness to parent these children and support biological parents to increase the chances of reunification.
As a foster parent, you act in the best interests of the child in your care, which means providing consistency and stability and supporting the best permanency goal for the child. While reunification is typically the primary goal of foster care, foster parents are often asked to prepare to adopt the child in their care if safely returning to the birth family isn’t possible.
Since 2012, Jenda Family Services has been providing services to families throughout the state of Nebraska. Jenda is dedicated to helping families grow the next generation of parents.
Families which have worked with Jenda have had successful outcomes with the assistance of wraparound services such as family support, drug testing, and supervised visitation. Jenda has decided to expand the wraparound services by including foster care.
Our goal by incorporating foster care services within the Jenda Family Services realm is that it will increase the chances of successful outcomes such as reunification. We know that there are other agencies to work with, and we will gladly collaborate and work with all parties to make sure families come first.
There is a urgent need for caring and supportive foster homes, in and around, the Lincoln area. Here are some statistics about the significance of foster care in Nebraska:
The average age of a child in foster care is 8.
There is a strong need for foster families that are culturally diverse in Nebraska.
Approximately 60% of children in foster care are between 6 and 19 years of age.
There were 4,142 Nebraska children in out-of-home or trial home visit placements under the Department of Health and Human Services and/or the Office of Juvenile Probation on 9/30/19.
Children who come into care as wards of the state continue to be placed in the least restrictive, most family-like settings at very high rates.
26.6% of Nebraska state wards have had more than four placement moves (moves between foster caregivers).
A study in March 2015, by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, stated of children who, “overcome adversity and end up with…positive life outcomes… [is]the availability of at least one stable, caring, and supportive relationship between a child and an adult caregiver.”
Please call 402-474-0011, Option #4 for more information.