NEBRASKA CITY – Makayla Schippert of KVC Nebraska told Nebraska City Rotarians Wednesday how the community can be involved to support the state’s foster care system.
Schippert, originally from Cook, is a former child welfare caseworker and now is the recruitment coordinator for the non-profit organization. She says KVC uses evidence-based solutions and knows that kids grow best in families.
She said the public can help by attending training classes to become foster parents, spreading the word about the value of foster care and donations.
Schippert: “We’re always in need of things for our kiddos. If you think about it, some of these kiddos are removed in the middle of the night. They may have the clothes on their back, they have may a trash bag full of things, they may come with a lot. It depends on the situation.”
She said kids need first-night bags, hygiene items, school supplies and holiday gifts.
She said KVC is nationally known for increasing child safety and reducing the time a child is in the foster care system.
There are about 3,400 kids in the foster care system in any given day in Nebraska. There were 42 children from Otoe County in need of placement in May.
Schipper said research shows that placement in “home communities” is best for the kids and for school districts.