Every day in the Omaha area, children are removed from their family home and in need of a place to stay. Sometimes these children are placed in temporary placements or in an emergency shelter; ideally they would be placed in a foster home. Foster care is child-centered while being family-focused, because the ultimate goal of foster care is for children to be reunited with their families.
Foster children can range from newborn infants to teenagers, but the greatest need for foster homes is for teenage youth. There are, on average, 1,800 children in foster care in our area on any given day. There is constantly a waiting list of children in need of loving foster families, and we at Release Ministries desire to help meet that urgent need.
Foster families provide shelter, food, care and love to children when they cannot safely be with their biological families. Release Ministries has been working for quite some time to develop a new foster care program in order to meet the needs of youth in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, expanding the services provided through our group home program. In 2018, we have taken many more steps to make this a reality, and we are excited to share more about this with you.
Foster families come from all over the area, and have many different life experiences. Foster families may include parents with children at home, single adults, couples hoping to adopt, co-parents, and empty nesters.
Basic Requirements for Foster Parenting:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have reliable transportation
- Participate in 10-week Foster Parent training class
- Complete background checks
- Provide a safe, secure and loving home environment
- Serve as a member of the child and family's team
- Participate in home visits
- Document the child's care
Release Ministries will provide initial and ongoing training, as well as 24/7 support to foster homes. We will be available to assist you with the children placed in your homes - and we have a history of doing this successfully with our group home parents. Foster parents also receive a monthly stipend for children placed in their home.
Want to learn more? Contact Janece Ferris at (402) 525-6470 or firstname.lastname@example.org