Administration Hours: Mon thru Fri: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

info@guardian-light.com

Phone Number

(308) 870-7260

GLFS works with programs through DHHS to provide

Safety, Permanency & Well-Being

Learn how you can become involved as a Foster Parent or Respite Provider with GLFS.

Foster Care & Respite Services

Guardian Light Family Services (GLFS) is lighting the path towards a healthy and positive family lifestyle through exceptional service. Guardian Light Family Services is committed to empowering families towards a safe and nurturing environment.

Mission Statement

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Services We Provide

You have a choice!

Family Support Workers partner with parents to enhance protective factors within their families through the use of evidence based practices to achieve family permanency, safety and well-being.

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Become a Respite Provider

A Respite Provider welcomes youth into their home for a temporary, short term stay (from 3 hrs up to 2 weeks). This helps support their parents in having time to create stability in the youth’s home.

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Become a Foster Parent

Every day there are children and youth in Nebraska who are in need of a loving, safe place to live, who need stability, who need their basic needs met, who need YOU.

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Drug Testing

GLFS is able to provide Instant UAs, Oral Swabs, Sweat Patches and Breathalyzers in the Western and Central Service areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

DHHS

SAFETY, PERMANENCY & WELL-BEING

DHHS

Family Support Workers partner with parents to enhance protective factors within their families through the use of evidence based practices to achieve family permanency, safety and well-being.

What services are offered?
GLFS currently provides Parenting Time/Supervised Visitation, Family Support and drug testing in the Western and Central Service areas. GLFS plans to continue to grow by expanding services to meet the needs of the community.
Does GLFS have visitation centers?
GLFS has visitation centers in each of their office locations: Scottsbluff, Sidney, North Platte and Grand Island. Visitation sites through community agreements have also been made throughout the Western and Central Service areas.
What type of drug testing does GLFS provide?
GLFS is able to provide Instant UAs, Oral Swabs, Sweat Patches and Breathalyzers in the Western and Central Service areas.
What area does GLFS cover?
GLFS has staff located throughout the Western and Central Service areas. Most drive time averages between 15 – 45 minutes one-way, with a few exceptions for rural counties in the Central Service Area.

RESPITE CARE

BECOME A RESPITE PROVIDER

Respite Care

A Respite Provider welcomes youth into their home for a temporary, short term stay (from 3 hrs up to 2 weeks). This helps support their parents in having time to create stability in the youth’s home.

Why become a Respite Provider?

You will be supporting your community by giving someone a parenting break during a stressful time, which is something we all need from time-to-time. If you have ever been interested in helping children/youth by doing foster care but you were unable to commit the time necessary, Respite Care is another great way to help out children and youth in your community!

Is there training to become a Respite Provider?

Yes. GLFS provides one-on-one training in your home. You must successfully complete the training before becoming an approved respite provider.

What is the difference between a Foster Parent and a Respite Provider?

The difference is time commitment. Respite services are meant to be short-term. Services may be needed for an afternoon or can be for up to 2 weeks. It is perfect for the individual who wants to help support children and families, but cannot make the time commitment needed for being a foster parent.

What are the requirements to be an approved respite provider?

To be an approved respite provider, you must pass a criminal background check along with anyone else living in your home 13 years old and older, provide GLFS with three positive references, and have a home study completed by one of our trained staff. You also must have a safe, clean dwelling large enough for a child or youth to have his or her own room.

FOSTER CARE

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Foster Care

Every day there are children and youth in Nebraska who are in need of a safe place to live, who need love, who need stability, who need their basic needs met, who need YOU.

Why choose GLFS to support you as a Foster Parent?

GLFS provides quality foster homes who specialize in meeting the individual needs of children/youth. Each foster family is assigned a Foster Care Specialist who is available to support the needs of the foster home and the children/youth placed in the home. Each home is equipped with an individualized support plan based on the individual needs of each child/youth living in the home. Your Support Specialist is available 24 hrs to you.

Is there training to become a Foster Parent?

Yes. Your Foster Care Support Specialist will assist you in receiving initial online training and provide you one-on-one guidance to become licensed. Ongoing support and training will also be provided by GLFS.

What must I do to become a GLFS Foster Parent?

To be a GLFS foster parent, you must pass a criminal background check along with anyone else living in your home 13 years old and older, provide GLFS with three positive references, and have a home study completed by one of our trained staff. You also must have a safe, clean dwelling large enough for a child or youth to have his or her own room.