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[DCS] Whitley County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Informational Open House set for May 21
Start Date: 5/13/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/13/2014
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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 13, 2014)—The Whitley 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 visionary foster parents are selfless caregivers willing to provide temporary supervision and stability for children during a challenging time in the children’s lives. May is National Foster Care Month and because of this heightened awareness, an informational open house for prospective foster parents will take place on Wednesday, May 21 in Columbia City. 

“When it is not safe for a child to stay in his or her own home, we always look for a nearby relative that can care for the child,” said Steve Weaver, director of the Whitley County DCS office. “But when that option is not available, we need to have good foster families ready and willing 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. 

The May 21 informational open house will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Whitley County DCS office, 115 South Line Street in Columbia City. Foster care specialists from the local DCS office will be available to discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study. The open house format will allow prospective foster parents to come and go as they please. 

A willingness to step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for becoming a foster parent. 

In Whitley County, 18 abused or neglected children currently live in non-relative foster homes because it is not safe for them to live in their own homes. State-wide, nearly 4,900 kids living in non-relative foster homes. 

For more information about being a foster parent in Whitley County, please call 260.458.6368 or visit fostercare.in.gov. 

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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