Highlighting the foster care crisis in Nebraska during National Adoption Month

A major crisis in the state of Nebraska when it comes to the number of foster parents.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – There is a major crisis in the state of Nebraska when it comes to the number of foster parents.

“There has been a serious depletion in the number of treatment openings throughout the state. Group homes are hardly even a thing anymore. So largely, the only kind of out of home resource when a child unfortunately can’t live at home, is foster care. There are not enough foster parents out there,” Jim Blue, the president of CEDARS, said.

Blue says this has been developing for years but recently it has become worse. As November marks national adoption month, many are hoping it will shine a much-needed light on the blessings that foster care and adoption bring.

Many times, foster parents decide to adopt. Blue said everyday 200 kids in the state are looking for their perfect home.

Last year, there were 360 adoptions in the state and as of the end of October, there were 304 according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Blue says if anyone is considering fostering or adopting, they could be making all the difference.

“Think about the 200 kids every day in Nebraska that are waiting for a foster home. Go through the training. Perhaps one of those foster kids can come and stay with you. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with them and want them to be part of your family,” Blue said.

While getting approved to be a foster parent or adoptive parent could be tough, he said it’s important to remember those requirements are there for a reason, to make sure every kid is safe in their new home.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you could become a foster parent, you can read more on CEDARS website.

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