The Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NFAPA) offers a scholarship for an adoptive, foster, guardianship, or kinship child, who wishes to further their education beyond high school or GED. This can be either at college or university, vocational and job training or on line learning.
Click HERE for the NFAPA Scholarship Form. Deadline is April 1, 2013.
Click HERE for other possible scholarships.
2011 Winner! 2012 Winner!
NFAPA has responded to the changing needs of foster care and adoption by offering an array of supportive services and programs.
This program is a mentoring program designed to support resource families. Trained volunteer mentors are located throughout the state and offer information and resources to families in need.
Families First Newsletter
This bi-monthly newsletter mailed to over 3,000 licensed and
approved resource families, key HHS staff, agencies, and lawmakers.
The newsletter provides articles to better assist families in caring for
Nebraska’s abused and neglected children, as well as an understanding of
the foster care and adoption systems. Resource parents may receive 30
minutes of in-service training hours by answering a simple quiz in
each newsletter. Please see tab "Publications" for the latest issues.
NFAPA provides educational workshops throughout Nebraska to promote continued learning for resource parents. Foster/ Adoptive/ Kinship Parents are welcome to attend all trainings. These trainings help foster families to understand issues their foster children may have and provide an opportunity to network with other foster/adoptive/kinshop parents.
Contact NFAPA for these publications
Adoption: A Guide for Nebraska Resource Families was a collaborative effort between NFAPA and HHS and serves as a guide for potential adoptive parents interested in public adoption. The guidebook outlines laws and policies surrounding adoption, specifically those concerning subsidies, which have often been misunderstood at many levels within the system.
Resource Parent Handbook serves as a guide for all resource parents and is a useful in understanding the foster care system.
Child Abuse and Neglect Out-of-Home Setting Assessment Guide is a useful tool for resource families to understand the process in which Protection and Safety workers assess a resource family and/or home due to claims of child abuse and neglect.
Resource Parent Guide to Record Keeping is a resource developed by foster parents to help in gathering, documenting and sharing information that is crucial in organizing important information for each individual child living in foster care. Cost for this book is $5.
Recruitment and Community Education
NFAPA asssts the State of Nebraska with recruitment of new resource families through the management of the 1-800-7Parent Information Line. This number can only be contacted with an in-state phone number. Call and get a packet of information to begin the process of becoming a licensed Nebraska Foster Home.
Kits for Kids
Thousands of children and youth have entered the Nebraska foster care system because they cannot live safely in their birth parents home. Oftentimes, these children and youth are without any of their personal belongings when they enter a new foster home. "Kits for Kids" provides a bag for these children filled with items of comfort such as a blanket or stuffed toy, personal hygiene items, crayons and coloring books, and small gift certificates to purchase socks, pajamas, or clothing.
No Kids Kloset at this time. Will let you know of future changes.
Local Parent Support Group
As parents of foster and adopted children, there are challenges that
parents have already encountered or may encounter in the future.
NFAPA encourages that families build support systems and have a safety
net plan available before families need them to deal with crisis. Support
groups are a vital component to the safety net and NFAPA is organizing
local parent groups statewide.
Toll-Free Information Line
NFAPA has established a toll-free information line (1-877-257-0176) where current and prospective resource families can call for information and resources.
Become a NFAPA Member
The Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association offers several membership levels to accommodate everyone in the foster care, adoptive care, and child welfare community. Your membership supports the important mission of NFAPA. See Home tab and click Donation page for more information.
NFAPA Membership Form