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[DCS] Indiana Dept. of Child Services Partners With Marengo Cave: National Landmark Offers Free Admission to Foster Families
Start Date: 10/4/2011
End Date: 10/4/2011
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MARENGO, INDIANA—The Indiana Dept. of Child Services (DCS) today announced a partnership with Marengo Cave that will provide a wonderful family learning opportunity for Indiana’s foster families.  Effective immediately, foster parents, their foster children and their biological and stepchildren will receive free admission to either or both of the cave’s guided walking tours.  In addition, children will receive free admission to the “Crawl,” a winding maze cave simulation.


“We’re thrilled to partner with one of Indiana’s finest natural attractions to offer this unique opportunity to those families who work tirelessly to help us protect the children and families we serve,” said James Payne, DCS Director.  “It’s collaborations like this that allow us to provide children in our care, as well as our foster families, the chance to enjoy some educational, yet fun-filled quality time away from their daily routines.  We thank the folks at Marengo Cave for their support of these children and families and their generosity in creating this chance to explore an Indiana cave.”


Located in southern Indiana, Marengo Cave was discovered in 1883 and was designated a U.S. National Landmark in 1984.  A popular destination for nature lovers and school groups, the cave boasts almost five miles of known passageways and has the largest cave room in the state. 


“Our entire staff is excited to work with DCS and offer guided tours of Marengo Cave free for foster families,” noted Carol Groves, VP of Marketing for Marengo Cave.  “We have a deep appreciation for the extraordinary service foster families provide, in part, because one of our own staff was raised by wonderful foster parents.”


Foster families can enjoy either or both guided walking tours at no charge.  The Dripstone Trail Tour showcases a potpourri of rock formations created by mineral-rich waters dripping from the ground above.  It typically lasts 70 minutes and has a retail value of $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 3 and older.  The 40-minute Crystal Palace tour ends in one of the most beautiful cave rooms in the country.  The regular price of $13.50 for adults and $7.00 for children 3 and older will be waived for foster families.


In addition to the free tours of the cave, foster children at least 7 years old can experience the “Crawl” free.  A twisty, winding maze, it’s a popular cave exploring simulator ($3.00 value).  Free use of shelter houses, picnic areas and nature trails are also available to foster families.  For foster families that want to spend a little more time in Marengo Cave Country, “get wet and muddy” cave spelunker packages are available.  Overnight accommodations are available, too, with cabins and tent-camping sites.  Canoeing on the Blue River is only five minutes away.



About Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS):

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.  If safety continues to be a concern, relative or foster care placements are necessary.  DCS also oversees adoptions from the foster care system as well as the Child Support Bureau.  The Kids First Trust Fund, supported by the sale of ‘Kids First’ specialty automobile license plates, subsidizes child abuse and neglect prevention programs.  In collaboration with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, DCS’ Books for Youth initiative is targeting a Super Goal for the Super Game:  collect 750,000 books for foster kids by Feb. 2012.  Child abuse/neglect hotline:  800.800.5556.


About Marengo Cave:

Discovered by two school children in 1883 and designated a U.S. National Landmark in 1984, Marengo Cave offers a variety of underground splendor rarely seen in a single cave.  Besides guided walking tours, there’s the chance to get wet and muddy with a cave exploring adventure option.  Overnight accommodations, cabins and camping sites, are available.  Canoeing on the Blue River is only five minutes away.  Located in the town of Marengo in southern Indiana, the cave is about 45 miles west of Louisville and 120 miles south of Indianapolis. or 812.365.2705.



For more information:

Ann Houseworth, Communications Director



Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director



Carol Groves, Marengo Cave

812.365.2705, ext. 243


Location Information:
Crawford County
Contact Information:
Name: Ann Houseworth, Communications Director
Phone: 317.234.3924
Marengo Cave Formation
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Kids and Families
  • Category:
  • Family & Health
  • Agency Name
    Child Services, Indiana Department of

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