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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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