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[DCS[ DCS in Delaware and Nearby Counties Recruiting Foster Parents
Start Date: 2/11/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/11/2014
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MUNCIE, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2014)—Delaware and other nearby county offices of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) are looking for some adults with a strong desire to invest in the future. These selfless caregivers—foster parents—provide temporary supervision and stability for foster children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. More foster parents are needed for Delaware as well as Blackford, Grant, Jay and Randolph counties.

 

 “When relatives are not available to care for a child that has been abused or neglected, we rely on committed foster parents who are ready and willing to step up and temporarily help a child in need,” said Steven Cox, a DCS regional manager that oversees the Delaware, Blackford, Grant, Jay and Randolph county offices. “As we strive to keep children in a home-like setting, we need more foster homes in each community so if a child must be removed from their home for their own safety, they don’t experience additional changes such as leaving friends and transferring to a new school.”

 

If protecting children from harm requires removing a child from their own home, DCS always tries to place them with a grandparent, uncle, aunt, sibling or other relative. Relatives are not only familiar to the child, they also provide a sense of belonging. However, when children without available family need temporary care, DCS must look to foster homes. Having more foster homes available is vital because of the importance of matching children with homes, said Cox.

 

“We always consider the child’s age, gender, school and community needs as well as their culture when evaluating which foster home is the best match,” said Cox, adding that DCS also tries to keep siblings together. “Any special medical needs of the child are also taken into account as well as whether or not we believe a particular child will relate well with other children in the foster home. Having multiple homes to choose from increases our chances of finding a good match.”

 

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. Foster parents receive financial assistance from the state to care for a child placed in their home. Those willing to foster teenagers or sibling groups are particularly desired.

 

Currently there are nearly 4,700 abused or neglected Hoosier children statewide living in non-relative foster homes because it is unsafe for them to live in their own homes. In Delaware, Blackford, Grant, Jay and Randolph counties, 138 kids live in foster homes.

 

For more information about becoming a foster parent, foster care specialists are available at 765.751.9565 and 765.668.4500. Or go to http://www.in.gov/dcs/2982.htm. 

 

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. DCS 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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