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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.
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