Foster Care

Foster Families Needed For Children In Indiana

Nov 1, 2017

The need for adoptive parents is growing in Indiana. The link between cases coming through the Department of Child Services and substance abuse disorders is direct.

So far this year DCS has completed more than 1,800 adoptions, up from a little more than 1,000 three years ago. This follows a sharp increase in the number of Hoosier children entering the foster system because parents are unable to care for them, often because of opioids.

Indiana DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says awareness of the need for foster to adopt families is imperative.

Katherine Peraza poses with her her 3-month-old son. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
(Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
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Indiana’s supply of foster parents is dwindling.

The state says more foster parents are needed because caseworkers are having to remove children from homes at an increasing rate because of parents' drug use.

Foster parent Brice Langebartels is a firefighter and has seen the drug use firsthand.

“I mean I’ve seen people unconscious on the ground with kids walking around the house, so it’s really sad,” Langebartels says. “It’s sometimes hard to be on those scenes.”

National Foster Care Month

May 23, 2013

There are about 175 children in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties currently in foster care. Statewide, the figure is 5,600 abused and neglected children.

The Department of Child Services is calling attention to those in need, and those who open their homes, during National Foster Care Month.

Angela Archibald and her husband are foster parents in Clinton County. She says many people ask her about the experience.