Release provides initial training and ongoing support to
foster families to provide temporary, loving homes when
children cannot remain in their family homes.
Release provides initial training and ongoing support to foster families to provide temporary, loving homes when children cannot remain in their family homes.
About Foster Care
Every day in the Omaha area, children are removed from their family home and in need of a place to stay. Children are placed with foster families until they can safely reunify with their family. Many birth families need help learning effective parenting skills, addressing substance use, or learning healthy ways to cope with their mental health needs.
Children in foster care can range from newborn infants to teenagers, but the greatest need for foster families is for teenage youth and for sibling groups. On average, there are 1,700 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 desire to help meet that urgent need.
The primary goal of foster care is for youth to safely reunite with their biological families as soon as possible. Nationwide, more than half of children who enter foster care are safely reunified. The average length of time a youth is in foster care is around a year, but much of this is dependent on how long it takes for the family to demonstrate their home is safe for their child or teen to return home, and this varies for each family’s specific needs.
Become a Foster Parent
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.
If you would like more information on moving forward, please complete this form and our Licensing Specialist will reach out to you to schedule a meeting and answer any additional questions you have.
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
What We Do
Release provides initial training that meets the state requirements to become a licensed foster home. We provide ongoing support and are available to foster families 24/7. Release also provides ongoing training through monthly support groups and other opportunities. We will be with you every step of the way. You are reimbursed for the costs associated with caring for a foster child.