About KVC Nebraska
KVC Nebraska is a behavioral health organization that provides child welfare, juvenile justice and developmental disability services. These services include Foster Care, Intensive Family Preservation, Family Support Services, and Extended Family Home services for individuals with Development and/or Intellectual Disabilities. Its mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of Nebraska families.
As the largest child-placing agency in the state of Nebraska, KVC recruits, trains, licenses and supports foster families, providing care for more than 1,000 children and adolescents. KVC raises funds privately to underwrite a Resource Family Conference where approximately 600 resource parents, children and volunteers come together to learn from and be inspired by national speakers and experts, network with each other, and enjoy family activities.
KVC staff provides ongoing support to families, foster youth and families, and individuals placed in services including 24/7 crisis support, continuing education programs, mentoring coordination, community support groups, one-on-one training, and educational programs and publications.
The Safe and Connected™ Model
Making decisions with and for the children and families served by the child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disability, and related systems is an enormous responsibility. The process also brings logistical challenges since families are unique and complex with many details that need to be considered.
For this reason, KVC uses its Safe & Connected™ integrated child welfare practice model developed by Sue Lohrbach, executive director of the KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation. The model, built on decades of experience in child welfare, emphasizes organizing information to promote critical thinking and collaboration with the family and other stakeholders. This ensures a comprehensive, balanced assessment of risk with the outcomes of improved child safety, wellbeing and permanency.
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KVC Nebraska is a division of KVC Health Systems, a private, nonprofit organization providing a diverse continuum of medical and behavioral healthcare, education and social services to children and families. (Learn what KVC stands for.) KVC Health Systems is accredited by The Joint Commission and endorsed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of only four child welfare “best practice” organizations in the country.