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[DCS] Howard County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Informational Meetings set during Child Abuse Prevention Month
Start Date: 3/31/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/31/2014
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KOKOMO, Ind. (March 31, 2014)—The Howard 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 potential foster parents are selfless caregivers willing to provide temporary supervision and stability for children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Howard County DCS office has scheduled three informational meetings for prospective foster parents on Saturday, April 12 in Kokomo.

 

“When innocent children are abused or neglected and it’s not safe to allow the children to stay in their own home, our first choice is to place them with fit and willing relatives,” said Marilyn Robinson, director of the Howard County DCS office. “If relatives are not available, we need to have good foster parents available to provide temporary care for our children in need.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

Each informational meeting will be led by foster care specialists from the Howard County DCS office. Foster parent responsibilities will be discussed as well as the licensing process, including the home study. In addition, a former foster parent will be on hand to answer questions. A willingness to step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for becoming a foster parent.

 

The April 12 informational meetings will take place at the Howard County DCS office, 217 E. Southway Boulevard in Kokomo (2nd floor).  Thirty-minute meetings will begin at 10 am, 10:45 am and 11:30 am.

 

To help increase awareness about child abuse prevention during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Howard County DCS office is coordinating a special Pinwheels for Prevention event April 8. At 7:30 pm at the Family Service Association, 618 Main St. in Kokomo, numerous pinwheels will be “planted” to symbolize the children in the county receiving services from DCS and other local providers. Besides local DCS officials, Emma Welker, chairperson, Howard County Prevent Child Abuse Council and Penny Irwin from the Howard County court-appointed special advocate (CASA) program, will offer short remarks.

 

There are more than 4,700 abused or neglected Hoosier children currently living in non-relative foster homes because it is unsafe for them to live in their own homes. In Howard County, 60 abused or neglected children live in foster 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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