Foster Care Importance during Covid-19 Pandemic in Nebraska

The pandemic has changed the look of foster care, but despite some of the challenges, it’s still important across the country and in the state of Nebraska.

According to Children’s Rights, on average there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care on any given day in the United States. The average age of those children entering foster care is eight years old.

At the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, the goal is to get immediate help to kids in need, and get them back to their families as soon as possible.

“Those kids love their parents, those parents love their kids,” said Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Director Felicia Nelsen. “Whatever we can do to help get them over that and get them back together is what we’re doing.”

During the pandemic, kids haven’t been able to visit with their families in-person, making it more difficult for biological families to connect with their children.

The Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association told 10/11 NOW when kids come into foster care they normally arrange visits with their biological families. When the pandemic began, these kids weren’t able to visit their families.

While the visits themselves looked a bit different, the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association applauded Nebraska for the amount of visits offered when compared to other states…

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