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From: Carol A. Gwin
Received: Aug. 22
There are approximately 10,000 Indiana youths in foster care (Department of Child Services). A majority of these children have entered the foster care system through no fault of their own — as victims of abuse or neglect. All that most of them need are stability, love, compassion and someone they can rely on.
Indiana, like most other states, lacks a sufficient number of well-matched, available foster care parents. The ultimate goal of foster care in Indiana is a sense of permanence. Most children will reunite with their families. Others will become available for adoption. Foster parents have a unique opportunity to shelter and mentor a child who may have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
Bartholomew County is looking for people interested in becoming foster parents. If you have been wondering what you can do to make a difference in the lives of children in your community, then here is your chance. Being a foster parent is not just opening your home and providing food, clothing and shelter. It is an act of compassion, advocacy and love.
Carol Gwin is the regional foster care licensing specialist for the Bartholomew County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services. She can be reached at 376-9361. Information about the foster care program can be found online at www.in.gov/dcs/2982.htm.
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