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[DCS] Porter County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Special Recruitment Dinner June 5 in Chesterton
Start Date: 5/27/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/27/2014
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CHESTERTON, Ind. (May 22, 2014)—The Porter 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 visionary foster parents are selfless caregivers willing to provide temporary supervision and stability for children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. Because there is a need for more foster parents in Porter County, a special informational meeting for prospective foster parents is being offered on June 5. As part of the meeting, a free dinner for prospective foster parents will be available. 

“When children are not able to safely remain in their own home, relative care is always the second best option,” said Louella Richey, director of the Porter County DCS office. “But when there are no relatives available to care for the children, we need to have good foster families to provide care until the children can be reunited with their families.” 

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 June 5 dinner/meeting will take place at 6 pm at the Liberty Bible Church, 834 North Calumet Avenue in Chesterton. Attendees are asked to RSVP by May 29 to Anita Kajmakoski, 219-462-2112, ext. 12379. The dinner is being provided by the Fostering Hope Support Group at Liberty Bible. 

After the meal, foster care specialists from the local DCS office will discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study. 

A willingness to step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for becoming a foster parent. 

In Porter County, there are 36 abused or neglected children currently live in non-relative foster homes because it is not safe for them to live in their own 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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