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[DCS] Huntington County DCS Recruiting Foster Parents: Informational Open House set for May 14
Start Date: 5/1/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2014
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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (May 1, 2014)—The Huntington 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 Wednesday, May 14 in Huntington.

“When it is not safe for a child to stay in their own home, our goal is always to find a nearby relative willing to care for the child,” said Elizabeth Learned, director of the Huntington County DCS office. “But when a relative 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 14 informational open house will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Huntington County DCS office, 2806 Theater Av. in Huntington. 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 Huntington County, 29 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, there are nearly 4,900.

For more information about being a foster parent in Huntington County, please call 260.458.6368 or visit

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.


Contact Information:
Name: Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director
Phone: 317.232.4424
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Kids and Families
  • Category:
  • Family & Health
  • Agency Name
    Child Services, Indiana Department of

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