162 Neb. Admin. Code, ch. 1, § 002 - Purpose
The Foster Care Review Office's mission is to ensure the best interests and safety needs of children in out-of-home care are being met through maintaining a statewide independent tracking system; conducting external citizen reviews; disseminating data, analysis, and recommendations to the public, the child welfare system, and the Legislature; and monitoring youth placements.
The vision of the Foster Care Review Office is that every child and youth in foster care live in a safe, permanent home, experience an enduring relationship with one or more caring adults, and have every opportunity to grow up to become a responsible and productive adult.
The Foster Care Review Office is mandated to maintain an independent tracking system of all children in out of-home placement in the State. The tracking system is used to provide information about the number of children entering and leaving care as well as other data regarding children's needs and trends in foster care, including data collected as part of the review process, and for internal processes.
The Foster Care Review Office was established as an independent agency to review the case plans of children in foster care. The purpose of the reviews is to assure that appropriate goals have been set for the child, that realistic time limits have been set for the accomplishment of these goals, that efforts are being made by all parties to achieve these goals, that appropriate services are being delivered to the child and/or his or her family, and that long-range planning has been done to ensure a timely and appropriate permanency for the child, whether through return to a home where the conditions have changed, adoption, guardianship, or another plan.
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