Becoming a Foster Parent


You can make a difference in the life of a child and reap the emotional benefits of positively impacting a child’s life. Foster parents provide understanding, acceptance and stability in a safe and healthy home environment.

Qualities of becoming a Foster Parent:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • May be married or single
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Willing to devote time to pre-service and on-going training
  • Effective parenting skills
  • Maturity and self-discipline
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Enjoy challenges and commitments

Do I get reimbursement for providing Foster Care?

The State of Nebraska has set minimum rates depending on the age of the child:

  • $20/day for children ages 0-5
  • $23/day for youth age 6-11
  • $25/day for youth age 12-18

Each child is assessed by the “Nebraska Caregiver Responsibility Tool” (NCR).  Additional payment may be made if the child has higher needs.

Adoption to achieve permanency

Some youth become available for adoption because the court has terminated parental rights. In this situation, foster parents often choose to adopt the children in their care.  For some, the decision of whether or not to adopt can be a difficult decision.  Because many of our workers have themselves been foster parents and have adopted, SCBS can provide guidance through the entire process, including assistance in the decision of whether to pursue adoption.

SCBS’ Outpatient Counseling also offers adoption-competent therapists, who are specially trained to work with the needs of foster children and their families.

How do I become a Foster Parent?

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent through South Central Behavioral Services, or would like more information, please complete our Foster Parent Inquiry Form, and one of our staff will contact you.