Despite growing unrest with Nebraska’s child welfare system, CEDARS is experiencing record satisfaction feedback from foster parents.
In a recent survey of foster parents affiliated with non-profit CEDARS, a 65-year-old, nationally accredited community-based child caring organization, 97.2 percent of respondents stated that they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the support they receive from CEDARS. This is an increase from an 86.5 percent satisfaction rate the previous year.
Respondents cited prompt and clear communication; 24-hour support; responsiveness; flexibility; thorough training; appreciation for work done; low staff turnover; and decision making based on the best interest of the child as the primary reasons for their satisfaction.
Foster parents were also asked to comment on foster parenting in general. Here, respondents took time to convey concern about many of the issues the Nebraska State Legislature is attempting to address with ten separate bills dealing with child welfare, such as high turnover in case management and lack of communication from the top down.
CEDARS Foster Care serves children and families in Southeast Nebraska and cared for over 430 foster children this past year alone. There are a number of ways interested individuals can provide care for a foster child, ranging from short-term relief to taking in a child until permanent placement is achieved. For more information click here.