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Foster parents needed in Huntington area

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011

Foster care provides a safe, nurturing and stable environment for children who can no longer remain in their own homes due to the risk of abuse or neglect. This care is given with the intention of helping children safely reunify with their families.

Foster parents provide this alternative care in their own home and must be 21 years of age. They receive a per diem compensation to cover expenses of caring for the child and per diem rates vary according to the needs of the child and/or the agency that holds the license.

Huntington and the surrounding areas are in great need of foster parents, according to Rachel Moyer, Regional Foster Care Specialist, Region 4, Indiana Department of Child Services. She explained that families or single people who are interested in providing a safe loving home to children in need can be foster parents.

In order to receive licensure for foster parenting, a background check that includes a fingerprint-based national history and CPS check must take place. Home visits by a licensing specialist to ensure the home meets physical safety standards (e.g. fire extinguishers, adequate bedroom space, reliable transportation, financial stability) must also occur.

The possible foster parent must also have personal reference statements, pre-service training, first aid, CPR, universal precautions training and in-service training is required each year to maintain the license.

Those interested in becoming a foster parent or want to learn more about the Indiana Foster Care Program may visit the DCS Foster Care website at www.in.gov./dcs/foster or contact Moyer at (260) 458-6368, desk, or (260) 452-4359, cell; e-mail at Rachel.moyer@dcs.in.gov.