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Request for Proposal
Indiana Department of Child Services

The Department of Child Services (DCS), in accordance with its State Plan requires multiples child welfare services in all 18 Regions and 92 Local Offices.  It is the intent of DCS to solicit responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP).

DCS is soliciting proposals for the following Programs, please review the definition of the program.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please click on the link within the program description and you will be taken to the Request for Proposal for that specific service.

The following programs are soliciting proposals:     

Placement Support and Compliance
Intensive Foster Care Services
Response Due Date: 1/15/2016

The purpose of this Request for Information (“RFI”) is to solicit specialized and innovative program ideas and service solutions to expand placement and service options for children under 10 who have socio-behavioral or mental health needs that cannot be met in traditional foster family home settings.  This RFI is only a request for information about potential services and no contractual obligation on behalf of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) shall arise from the RFI process. This RFI may lead to a contract with a licensed child placing agency to provide additional types of foster care programs for this population. It may also lead to residential contracts for additional programs for this population.  It may also lead to an RFP for services for this population.

For more information concerning this RFI: Request for Information Intensive Foster Care Services

Announcement: The extended Response Deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern on January 22, 2016.

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    Older Youth Services
    Proposal Due Date: 1/6/2016 

    The main purpose of this RFP is to select:

    Older Youth Services:  vendors/providers that can satisfy the DCS need for the provision of Chafee Independent Living Services, Chafee Voluntary Independent Living Services and Collaborative Care Placement Supervision and Services to all 18 regions and the corresponding 92 local offices in the State . DCS will be seeking up to 10 providers to provide statewide coverage. 

    Staff Supported Housing: Staff Supported Housing Placement Supervision and Services. DCS is seeking service providers who are willing to provide physical placement, placement supervision and services as defined in the Older Youth Service Standards and Older Youth Service Protocol.

    For more information concerning this RFP: Older Youth Services


    CSCC/CMHI/VRSO/Post Adopt
    Proposal Due Date: 3/17/2015

    The purpose of this RFP is to select Community-Based Services vendors/providers that can satisfy the DCS need for the provision of Children’s Mental Health Initiative Services, Post Adoption Services, Voluntary Residential Services Oversight , and Cross Systems Care Coordination. In addition, DCS is seeking a provider to pilot Care Coordination/Behavior Intervention Services. These services are to provide an all inclusive service array to children who meet the target populations. 

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:  CSCC/CMHI/VRSO/Post Adopt

    Education and Training Voucher Program and College Dorm Placement Program
    Proposal Due Date: 3/20/2015 

    The purpose of this RFP is to select no more than one vendor that can satisfy the State’s need for the provision of the Education and Training Voucher program and administration of College Dorm Placement Program across Indiana.  The federally funded ETV program provides financial aid assistance to youth who are in foster care or were formerly in foster care.  It is the intent of the Department of Child Services (DCS) to contract with a vendor that is competent in the area of child welfare, post-secondary education student support and can provide quality service coordination and provision for former foster youth seeking financial assistance with post-secondary education or training.  The College Dorm Placement Program supports current foster youth in college dorm placements.  It is the intent of DCS to contract with a vendor that has the ability to administer payments directly to youth across the state.

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:  
    Education and Training Voucher Program and College Dorm Placement Program

    Community Based Services 
    Proposal Due 12/1/2015
    Community Based Services, formerly referred to as IV-B Services, are programs which promote the well-being of children and families and are designed to strengthen and stabilize families (including adoptive, foster and extended families).  They are also designed to help families at risk or in crisis including services to assist families in preventing disruption and the unnecessary removal of children from their home.  They help to maintain the safety of children in their own homes, support families preparing to reunify or adopt, and assist families in obtaining other services to meet multiple needs.  Community Based Services are identified by the following categories:  Adoption, Resource Parent Services, Family Centered Services, Other Services, Addiction Services, Probation Services, and Specialized Services.  

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:  Community Based Services

    Proposals Due 10/15/2014

    HOMEBUILDERS® is an evidence-based program designed to strengthen families in order to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement or return children from foster, group and residential care. Families served by this intensive, in-home, family therapy model have children in imminent risk of placement, or have children in placement that cannot be reunified without intensive services. The purpose of the HOMEBUILDERS® RFP is to select providers to provide HOMEBUILDERS® Services

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:  HOMEBUILDERS®

    Community Partners for Child Safety
    Proposal Due 10/15/2014

    The purpose is to provide a secondary child abuse prevention service that can be delivered in every region in the state.  This service will build community resources in order to have a collaborative prevention network throughout the region.  The service will be for those families that are identified through self-referral or other community agency referral.  The service will provide home based case management services to connect families to resources to strengthen the family and prevent child abuse and neglect.

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:   Community Partners for Child Safety

    Adoption Services
    Proposal Due 3/27/2015

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: A revised RFP was posted on 2/27/2015. Please review all documents.

    The purpose of this RFP is to select a vendor that can satisfy the State's need for coordination/facilitation of the Adoption Recruitment Services, which operates as the Indiana Adoption Program, for the time July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. It is the expectation of DCS that the selected vendor will build upon existing program tools and processes. The overall goal is to assist DCS in achieving timely permanency for children in the foster care system awaiting adoption by carrying out the components outlined in the RFP to recruit potential adoptive parents. DCS expects the selected vendor to be experienced and knowledgeable in child welfare, foster care, and adoption issues. The selected vendor must collaborate with community resources (i.e. staff at local offices of DCS, the Heart Gallery contractor, foster parents, mental health agencies, schools, etc.) in an effort to increase the effectiveness and appropriateness of service. This joint effort will help to develop the regional emphasis on recruiting adoptive parents. It will be important that the provider work within the structure and needs of each DCS region. Community resources and recruited families should reflect the metropolitan and rural cultural norms of each region, while creating a seamless provision of services across the state.

    For More Information Concerning this RFP:  Adoption Services