This presentation will share the experiences of a foster family. In addition, LFS Foster Care Specialists will provide information about the foster care system in Nebraska and how individuals can support foster children. Tentative Agenda 7:00 p.m. Introduction Rachel Ritton, Lead Foster Care Specialist 7:05 p.m. Foster Care Family Jim and Rebecca Rowe The Rowes are an adoptive and licensed foster care family. In 2016, they received the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption® Award in recognition of their outstanding work as adoptive and foster parents. 7:20 p.m. Foster care in Nebraska Crystal Rivera, Foster Care Licensing and Recruitment 7:35 p.m. How to become foster parents Katherine Spoon, Foster Care Supervisor 7:45 p.m. Q&ASince 1892, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) has served children and families. Today, among the numerous programs and services offered by LFS is the Foster Care program. The program serves children in throughout the Omaha Metro and supports over 50 foster homes, as well as over 70 children that are currently in the care and custody of the State of
Nebraska. The children are from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from infants to young adults, nearing the age of majority. In order to meet the unique needs of each child, LFS foster families receive extensive training and are diverse. Due to the ongoing need, LFS continues to search for diverse families from all neighborhoods that would be interested in foster care, providing respite care or acting as a support for the kids and families we serve. LFS offers ongoing support to all of our families, ongoing trainings and networking opportunities, paid respite days, resources and referrals, in-home consultations, and 24-hour crisis intervention and support.