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"Fostering" Communication: It Takes a Village


This video explored concrete ways of enhancing communication with foster parents from the perspective of agency based foster parents, relative foster parents and DHHS case management. The saying that "It takes a village to raise a child" comes from an African Proverb that means that an entire community must interact with a child to ensure they grow in a safe and healthy environment. This is so very true when it comes to our youth in the child welfare system. There is truly a "village" (family/court team) looking out for these young people. A key component to the success of this "village" is the ability to effectively communicate.  

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Tracey Kock

Tracey Kock is the Reflective Practice Outreach and Training Specialist with the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare with a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Prior to joining the NRPVYC, Tracey spent the past eight years working in child welfare in the ESA as a case manager, supervisor, and director for NFC/Promiseship and most recently a Permanency Director at St. Francis Ministries.


  • Nicole Thalken, Aureus Medical, kinship foster parent
  • Kelsey Hans, DHHS, Child and Family Services Specialist Supervisor
  • Laura Grundmayer, Release Ministries, Foster Care Specialist
  • Christine Ellett, Release Ministries, licensed foster parent

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