Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

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300 West Broadway
Suite 7
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
United States

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Monday 9 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 9 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 9 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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LFS was founded as an orphanage in 1892 and has served children ever since. Adoption has gone through many changes over the years, and we have been there to help families navigate them all.
Every year, hundreds of youth in Nebraska are removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. While these families heal, their children need a safe, loving, home-like atmosphere with minimal judgment and abundant patience. Foster parents have the most direct contact with the child and are central to the team. Every foster case is tailored to the needs of the family and the child.
LFS provides a one-of-a-kind support system for families and children throughout the entire foster care process.The Health 360 Integrated Care Clinic integrates mental health, substance use and primary care services to produce the best outcomes for you. Integrated care proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. Health 360 is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many new parents are worried they'll be on their own if they decide to foster. That's not true; you have tons of support on your side.

You have the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Your local DHS recruits and approves families for fostering and adoption. They also place children with approved parents.

The Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association has handbooks, contact phone numbers, information on training and case plans, useful PDFs for foster parents, and more online.

You also have your local child-placing agency for assistance. They're licensed and approved to train parents and place children in homes. You can find information on how to navigate the legal system or tips for working with birth parents, for example.

Many state non-profits dedicate themselves to assisting foster youth and the families caring for them. They may help with basic care, such as clothing or food, or educate parents on specific topics.

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3.7 / 5
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Ashley Trawicki
May 16, 2020

place is a joke. Discriminated against my disabled child when it came to finding respite care.. Joleen is the worst always just kept telling me they had nobody for my son.. the 2 respite care workers he did have were doozies. Cancelled at the last minute all of the time. One of the works went nearly a year without taking my son then took him once and quit taking him all together. The other one kept cancelling and I called her out on it and she quit taking my son as well and never gave me his diapers and wipes back.. biggest joke ever.

Rating: 1