KVC Behavioral HealthCare (KVC) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in Nebraska in 2009. KVC serves children and families in crisis in 19 southeast and eastern Nebraska counties. This may include children at risk for abuse and/or neglect, children with behavioral health and mental health challenges and children involved in the juvenile justice system. KVC's mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of Nebraska families. KVC is a subsidiary of KVC Health Systems, Inc. (KVC HSI) of Kansas which originated as a provider of children's behavioral and psychiatric residential services in 1970. Since that time, KVC HSI has become a lead provider of child welfare services and operates in five states, including Nebraska.
KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska FAQ
Q: What does KVC do?
A: KVC helps some families while the children remain in the home, other children are served out-of-home in foster care or other community placements. Services are coordinated to strengthen the family systems and ensure the safety and well being of the children.
Q: When does a child come into foster care?
A: Usually a child enters foster care because of a breakdown in the family, which makes the home an unsuitable place for the child to live. Other times, a child may be placed in foster care because of physical or emotional challenges that the birth parents are unable to manage.
Q: How long do children stay with a foster family?
A: Most foster care placements are temporary. The majority of children return to their own families once the problems have been resolved. A few children go on to adoptive families.
Q: Can foster families adopt their foster children?
A: Usually this is not the plan. Most of the children in foster care are not legally free for adoption. If adoption becomes the plan for a foster child, a foster parent can talk with the case worker and ask to be considered as an adoptive parent. KVC works to ensure that the adoption plan is the best possible plan for the child, now and in the future.
Q: How can I help KVC children and families?
A: You can help a child in your community by becoming a foster parent. Contact KVC. In Omaha, call 402-578-3173. In Lincoln, call 402-806-5930. You can also support KVC children and families by making a tax deductible donation. Visit our website at www.kvc.org to learn more.