Extended Family Homes

A loving family of four, two daughters with down syndrome. They are standing together at home, smiling. The mother is standing behind the girls with her arms around them, looking at the camera.

An Extended Family Home (EFH) is a safe, loving and structured living environment with a family, couple or individual. Extended Family Homes provide individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities intensive social and independent living skills training in a family setting. Individuals living with an Extended Family Home help to determine their own goals for habilitation and independence.

Individuals in EFH’s Need: 

  • A safe place to live with necessary supervision and/or support
  • Life skills training to increase independence
  • Access and introduction to inclusive community activities to enhance and enrich their lives

Ongoing support:

Extended Family Homes through KVC will receive the following services:

  • A designated EFH Specialist to provide 24/7 support and direction
  • On-time monthly reimbursement payments
  • Ongoing training and support

If you would like to become an extended family home, we encourage any adult that meets the following criteria to contact your local KVC office. Our professional staff is ready to answer any questions you have about extended family home requirements, starting the application process, and when our next training classes begin.

Extended Family Homes in Nebraska must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation
  • Be willing for everyone in your household to undergo complete background checks
  • Complete KVC’s EFH training protocol (including CPR/First Aid, MANDT and Medication Adie)
  • Meet all applicable DHHS regulations


Become an Extended Family Home

Learn more or sign up for a free training class by filling out this form. If you have any questions, please contact our EFH Program Support Specialist, Allison Kirschenman at akirschenman@kvc.org or 402-498-4700.