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[DCS] Wabash Co. Dept. of Child Services Recruiting Foster Parents: Informational Meetings in Wabash Nov. 16
Start Date: 11/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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WABASH, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2013)—The Wabash County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is looking for some adults with a strong desire to invest in the future. These potential foster parents are selfless caregivers that provide temporary supervision and stability for foster children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. Three informational meetings for prospective foster parents will be offered in Wabash on Saturday, Nov. 16. Thirty-minute meetings will begin at 10 am, 10:45 am and 11:30 am.  

 

“When relatives are not available to care for a child that has been abused or neglected, we rely on good foster parents who are ready and willing to step up and temporarily help a child in need,” said Margery Justice, director of the Wabash County DCS office. “We particularly need more foster homes within our own community so children don’t have to move to a new school. When the child is with a local foster family, it makes visiting their parents easier, too. And when additional services are needed, it allows our agency to utilize local service providers.”

 

Foster parents can be stay-at-home parents or they can work outside the home. They can also be home owners or renters. Besides providing food and shelter, they assist with practical needs like helping with visits with the child’s family, taking them to 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.

 

Each informational meeting will be led by foster care specialists from the Wabash County DCS office. Foster parent responsibilities will be discussed as well as the licensing process, including the home study. In addition, a licensed foster parent will be on hand to answer questions. A willingness to step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for becoming a foster parent.

 

The information meetings will take place at the Wabash County DCS office, 89 West Canal Street in Wabash.

 

There are more than 4,600 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 Wabash County, 51 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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