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[DCS] Orange County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Special Recruitmentl Open House June 17 in Paoli
Start Date: 6/5/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/5/2014
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PAOLI, Ind. (June 5, 2014)—The Orange 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 Orange County, a special informational open house for prospective foster parents is being offered June 17 in Paoli. 

“When children are not able to safely remain in their own home, relative care is the next option,” said Leslie Rowland, director of the Orange County DCS office. “But when there are no relatives available to care for the children, we need to have quality foster homes 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 or apartment, 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 17 informational open house will take place from 9 am to 11 am and also 1 pm to 3 pm at the Orange County DCS office, 889 North Gospel Street in Paoli. Foster care specialists will be available to discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study. The open house format will allow prospective foster parents to 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 Orange County, there are 15 abused or neglected children currently living 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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    Child Services, Indiana Department of

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