foster care

Temporary stay, Permanent impact

Children entering foster care experience a world in disarray. A safe, loving environment can make all the difference. Consider your opportunity to invest a season of your life in the well-being of your neighbors.

 

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Indiana Department of Children's Services

Individuals can become foster parents directly through the state Department of Children’s Services, which provides all necessary training and certification.  DCS is the primary placement service for children in need of a safe place.

OUTSIDE FOSTER
CARE AGENCIES

Any children not placed through DCS can be referred to outside agencies who assist with placement.  Prospective foster parents can choose to work with an agency for more personalized care and training. Below are a few options:

foster care faq

It’s not!  Each child placed with a licensed foster family is also provided funding from the state for the child’s care.  Further, each child in foster care receives complete medical insurance coverage through state Medicaid.

The challenge of attachment and release is real for foster families.  However, foster families know the pain of saying goodbye is minimal compared to the pain for the children if no one is willing to provide a safe home when needed.  The joy that comes from knowing a child is safe for a season outweighs that pain.

No.  Foster parents come from all sorts of different backgrounds and life situations.  If you have the capacity to love and care for a child, you would probably make a great foster parent.

The need for foster parents is great.  Whatever your capacity is, there is likely a child in need of a safe place that fits whatever you are able to give.  It’s ok to express your limitations regarding certain ages or situations so that every child placed finds a home that’s right for them during their season of need.

No! Many children will thrive in family situations with other foster siblings.  Some foster families consider the gender or ages & birth order of biological children for deciding the scope of placements for whom they can care, while others have integrated whatever children come along into their family structure.

No!  While some foster parents become passionate lifelong advocates for foster care, the reality is that foster families are always needed, and rarely do placements last longer than 2 years.  Foster parents can also take breaks between placements or step away altogether as life stages develop.

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