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Nebraska Foster Care Review Office


The Foster Care Review Office (FCRO) is an Independent State Agency responsible for the oversight of the permanency, safety and well-being of all children in out-of-home care in Nebraska.

The FCRO is not a part of the Legislative, Judicial or Executive Branch of Nebraska government. The FCRO is also not a part of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or the Office of Probation Administration (Probation). This important separation provides the FCRO with the ability to objectively assess, report and make recommendations to all relevant stakeholders regarding the best interest and needs of these children.

Since FCRO's inception in 1982, the FCRO has vigorously advocated for the needs of these children both at the individual level and at the policy and practice level. The FCRO is the voice for all children and youth in out-of-home care whether placement is due to child abuse/neglect or due to delinquency/status. The data collected and analyzed by the FCRO is a main driver for needed statutory and policy changes.

The FCRO believes that ALL children and youth should leave the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in a better situation that when they entered - never worse. Our VISION is that every child and youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justices system becomes resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure. The children and youth of Nebraska are our future!

Look around the FCRO site and check us out! Click on the hyper-links throughout our site to learn more. Start here with About the FCRO or review our Current Report on the status of children and youth in Nebraska's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. You may also want to consider serving on one of our 53 Local Review Boards across the state.

Come back often! There is always something new happening at the FCRO!

Kim B. Hawekotte, J.D.
Executive Director of the FCRO


"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children."

-Kofi A. Annan

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