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Foster Care

Porter Department of Child Services Celebrates National Foster Care Month

VALPARAISO | May marks a special time of the year to raise awareness about the needs of the more than 4,900 Indiana youth in non-relative foster homes. Caring foster parents open their homes to temporarily care for and embrace these children. They value the foster child’s family connections …

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

Gary Foster youth conversation postponed

GARY | The Foster Youth Education seminar set for 10 a.m. today at the Ivy Tech Community College campus has been postponed. 

April 30, 2014 12:27 pm

Education for foster youth discussion at Ivy Tech

GARY | A meeting to inform community leaders and educators about educational resources for children in foster care is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 East 35th Ave.

April 28, 2014 2:53 pm

Youths aging out of foster care still need families

Becoming an adult proves challenging for most people and is especially tough for youth leaving foster care.

October 25, 2013 12:00 am

The Week Ahead - Lake County


July 28, 2013 12:00 am

A salute to foster care families and all who help youth in need

National Foster Care Month marks a time to acknowledge the youth, family members, foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

May 31, 2013 12:00 am
Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids

Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids

Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities in recent years, but advocates say barriers can block one basic human right: To be a parent.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos


Indiana child services agency reverses some program cuts

INDIANAPOLIS | The state's child protection agency will restore some funding to programs cut by Indiana's 2011 budget reductions and is creating a new program to support older foster children.

June 27, 2012 6:00 pm

Thank you to foster parents for opening homes, hearts

May is National Foster Care Month, a time when the National Youth Advocate Program in Indiana wants to raise public awareness about the nearly 8,000 children in Indiana and more than 500,000 children throughout the United States who are  in foster care.

May 20, 2012 12:00 am

DCS unveils program to help foster children succeed in school

INDIANAPOLIS | FosterEd: Indiana, a statewide program geared toward improving the educational success of children in foster care, has been launched, the Indiana Department of Child Services announced Monday.

May 14, 2012 6:20 pm
City shines spotlight on Nazareth Home

City shines spotlight on Nazareth Home

EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland surprised hundreds of guests at a recent fundraiser for Nazareth Home when he stood at the podium to proclaim the third Thursday of October as Nazareth Home Day. At his side to accept the honor was Nazareth Home Director/Foster Mother Jean Bowman.

October 30, 2011 12:00 am
'There's a place for us'

'There's a place for us'

EAST CHICAGO | Jessica Decker was 10 years old, cooking macaroni and cheese for herself and her three siblings, when Highland police removed them from their mother's care.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am Photos


Chef tasting and auction to benefit Nazareth Home

Chef tasting and auction to benefit Nazareth Home

HAMMOND | When the doors of the atrium of the Hammond Federal Courthouse open Oct. 20, the the foster children of Nazareth Home in East Chicago will be the beneficiaries of the evening's festivities.

October 13, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: More fairness for foster parents

Indiana is changing the payment schedule for foster children from a flat rate to a fee more appropriate to an individual child's age and needs. This makes so much sense that it's a wonder it wasn't done long ago.

August 30, 2011 12:00 am

DCS unveils change to foster care reimbursement rates

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Child Services announced Friday a new set of foster care reimbursement rates.

August 20, 2011 8:00 am

Don't interfere with religious adoption, foster care agencies

Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan apparently have no problem shutting down religious adoption and foster care agencies in Illinois in order to advance a radical political agenda.

July 19, 2011 12:00 am

Sex case against foster mom is abandoned by prosecutors

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors on Friday dismissed their case against a 35-year-old Cedar Lake foster mother accused of seducing a 15-year-old boy in her care.

July 15, 2011 4:28 pm
Bishop blesses new foster mother, honors volunteers

Bishop blesses new foster mother, honors volunteers

EAST CHICAGO | When newly-named Nazareth Home Foster Mother/Director Jean Bowman welcomed open house guests April 19, she received a blessing from a very special guest The Most Rev. Dale J. Melczek, bishop of the Diocese of Gary.

April 30, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Vulnerable children need volunteers' help

GUEST COMMENTARY: Vulnerable children need volunteers' help

A serious problem is rising for vulnerable Hoosier children, but so is the opportunity to help.

April 25, 2011 5:38 pm

Villages Foster Care Service champions a child's right to a permanent, nurturing home

As regional director of the Villages Foster Care Service in Gary, Elsie Anderson and her team of trainers and case managers work to ensure that kids and adults alike are on the path to a better tomorrow.

January 26, 2011 12:00 am
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