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[DCS]Madison County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Informational Meeting at Elwood Library April 10
Start Date: 4/1/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/1/2014
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ELWOOD, Ind. (April 1, 2014)—The Madison County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is always looking for adults with a strong desire to invest in the future. These potential foster parents are selfless caregivers willing to provide temporary supervision and stability for children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Madison County DCS office is taking advantage of this heightened awareness to schedule a short informational meeting for prospective foster parents. The meeting will be Thursday, April 10 at the Elwood Public Library.

 

“The best place for children to grow up is with their own families. However, when it is unsafe for a child to stay in their own home, we need safe and supportive temporary homes for the children,” said Crystal Fawver, DCS Regional Foster Care Specialist Supervisor. “We first look for a fit and willing relative. When a relative is not available, we need local foster families ready and willing to provide temporary care for our children in need. Having local foster families allows children to remain in their community and school and maintain essential connections.”

 

Foster parents can be stay-at-home parents or they can work outside the home. They may rent or own their own house, apartment or condominium, as long as it meets safety standards. Besides providing food and shelter, they assist with practical needs like helping with visits with the child’s family, taking them to any needed therapy sessions, medical and other appointments and ensuring there are extra-curricular activities.

 

Local foster parents are especially needed so school-age children removed from their homes can continue to attend their own school and maintain contact with their friends. Those willing to foster teenagers or sibling groups are particularly desired.

 

The April 10 informational meeting will take place from 7 pm to 8 pm at the Elwood Public Library, 1600 Main St. in Elwood. Foster care specialists from the Madison County DCS office will be available to discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study. A licensed foster parent will also be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will be an open house style event so prospective foster parents may come and go as they please. A willingness to step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for becoming a foster parent.

 

In addition, adoption specialists will be on hand to answer foster care adoption questions.

 

To help commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Madison County DCS office is also coordinating a special Pinwheels for Prevention event April 8. It begins at 6:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 923 Jackson St. in Anderson. The event will focus on the good things Madison County does to promote healthy child development as well as reflecting on the work that remains. Special music will be provided by students from Anderson High School and light refreshments will be available.

 

There are more than 4,700 abused or neglected Hoosier children currently living in non-relative foster homes because it is unsafe for them to live in their own homes. In Madison County, 157 abused or neglected children live in foster homes.

 

About Indiana Department of Child Services:
DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The agency's primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services. It also manages the child support bureau. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.  
www.in.gov/dcs

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Contact Information:
Name: Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director
Phone: 317.232.4424
Email: rich.allen@dcs.in.gov
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