The Porter County
office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is always looking
for adults with a strong desire to invest in the future and will host a
special informational meeting for prospective foster parents on June 5 at
Liberty Bible Church, 834 North Calumet Avenue in Chesterton.
As part of the
meeting, a free dinner for prospective foster parents will be available. The
dinner/meeting will take place at 6 p.m.
Attendees are asked
to RSVP by May 29 to Anita Kajmakoski, (219)-462-2112, ext. 12379. The
dinner is being provided by the Fostering Hope Support Group at Liberty
After the meal,
foster care specialists from the local DCS office will discuss foster parent
responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study.
foster parents are selfless caregivers willing to provide temporary
supervision and stability for children during a challenging time in the
“When children are
not able to safely remain in their own home, relative care is always the
second best option,” said Louella Richey, director of the Porter County DCS
office. “But when there are no relatives available to care for the children,
we need to have good foster families to provide care until the children can
be reunited with their families.”
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.
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
A willingness to
step up and help a child in need is the most important prerequisite for
becoming a foster parent.
In Porter County,
there are 36 abused or neglected children currently live in non-relative
foster homes because it is not safe for them to live in their own homes.