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Indiana Department of Child Services

State/Province: 
Indiana
Phone: 
1-800-457-8283

From the Indiana ICS page:

Vision: Children thrive in safe, caring, supportive families and communities.

Mission: The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) protects children from abuse and neglect. DCS does this by partnering with families and communities to provide safe, nurturing, and stable homes.

Values: Protecting Our Children, Families and Future.

Michigan Department of Human Services

State/Province: 
Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Human Services Site:

This philosophy serves as a guide for all DHS child welfare policycontracing and payment approaches, inclusive of protective services, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice.

SAFETY
Our first priority is to keep children safe. We recognize that parents (or other legal guardians) have primary responsibility for keeping their own children safe, but when they cannot or do not, we have been entrusted with the authority to intervene on behalf of the child.

CHILDREN’S NEEDS

Thoughts from a Foster Family

"Yondalla" has been a foster mom since 2000. Her blog offers insights into the experience and state of being a foster parent. I found the blog by accident while perusing Twitter and I'm glad I did. Take a moment to read a few of her posts - you'll be glad you did.

Foster Care Month - Have A Party

05/16/2009 - 07:02
US/Mountain

Buy tickets to the local zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, or other fun activity. Donate the tickets to your local social services for foster families to attend. Attend with them. Set up a picnic at the local park.

Foster Care Month - Mother's Day

05/10/2009 - 03:57
US/Mountain

May 10th is Mother's Day! Don't forget to do something nice for the foster mother's you know. Foster children might like to make a little card. Pamper the foster mother in your life whether she is YOUR foster mom, your spouse, or perhaps a relation or friend.

Foster Care - Change a Lifetime

From the Foster Care - Change a Lifetime site:

All children deserve a safe, happy life — including the 496,000 American children and youth in foster care. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.

This site provides information on how to get involved in the foster care system ranging from things you can do in minutes to things that can last a lifetime.

May is National Foster Care Month

05/01/2009 - 05:31
US/Mountain

The whole month of May is National Foster Care month. Take some time to celebrate the kids, parents, social workers, mentors, and volunteers!

Foster Care Month in May

In just a few days it will be May and National Foster Care Month.

  • What are you planning to do to celebrate?
  • How will you work to raise awareness for the over half million children in the system?
  • How can we use the month to increase resources for kids?

Post your ideas!

Mississippi Department of Human Services

State/Province: 
Mississippi
Phone: 
1-800-821-9157

From the MDHS Division of Family and Children Services adoption page:

Who are the Children Waiting for Adoption?

All of the children available for adoption through the Department of Human Services have one thing in common: Their biological parents are no longer able to care for them.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Address 1: 
Director's Office - Springfield
Address 2: 
406 East Monroe St.
City: 
Springfield
State/Province: 
Illinois
ZIP/Post Code: 
62701
Phone: 
800-572-2390

From the Illinois DCFS Adoption page:

Adoption offers a chance at a new beginning for many children cared for by the Department. Families constitute the building blocks of society. They provide children with the love and security needed to grow into healthy adults.

The Department helps thousands of adoptable children to find a new home each year. Most children placed by DCFS were from homes so abusive or neglectful that it would be unsafe for them to return.