KVC Nebraska expands foster care services to Scottsbluff

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Within the City of Scottsbluff, there are only a few agencies that provide foster care.

To be a foster parent, you need to be over the age of 21, have a legal source of income, provide physical space, pass a background check and attend a pre-service training. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

To provide more available spaces for youth, KVC Nebraska is expanding into the area.

These new services will assist youth that need to be placed outside of their home.

In many situations, youth are placed in higher levels of care.

The issues involve receiving treatments they do not need.

To be a foster parent, you need to be over the age of 21, have a legal source of income, provide physical space, pass a background check and attend a pre-service training.

Families with two parent households can have up to six children while single households can have up to four.

The total numbers do include biological and foster children.

This expansion will help the community get more involved.

“The community is very open and wants to learn but there is definitely a gap in the knowledge that people need to know in the area,” explained Theresa Goley, Director of Permanency for KVC Nebraska. “We felt very welcomed and we really want to be able to have opportunities to share information. Those people we have talked with are very enlightened by the situation out here in regards to the need. The more people that come, the more we can spread the word in this area with the need for more foster homes.”

Interested families can attend an event tonight.

The Friends and Family event will provide more education about training and licensing involving becoming foster families.

It will be at the Platte Valley Bank Community Room, 1106 Platte Valley Dr., Scottsbluff, between the times of 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

“Anyone can come by,” said Nicole Deere-Anderson, KVC Behavioral Health and Admissions Liaison. “We are asking interested families to just pop in, learn more about KVC Behavior Health and have their questions answered if they have any regarding our services.”

If you need to contact a Recruiter, you can call Becky Schindler at (402) 578-3173 or email her at rschindler@kvc.org.