Imagine having to find safe, loving homes for Indiana’s foster children each day—sometimes within just hours. That’s the reality for The Villages of Indiana staff, who passionately and tirelessly work to stand in the gap for our most vulnerable youth. The Villages is Indiana’s largest private non-profit serving children and families. The statewide team works in partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services to find caring, loving and stable homes for foster youth.
Currently there are nearly 18,000 Indiana children in need. The Villages team touches the lives of some 3,100 children and families each day. The people in our communities who step up to donate resources, support families at the holidays, and give time are essential to this ongoing work that makes a difference in the lives of Villages families and children.
“Our work truly takes a Village,” says Sharon Pierce, President and CEO of The Villages. “We know not everyone is in a place to foster or adopt a child, yet we do know people are looking for ways to get involved in the community to make it a better place now and in the future. There are so many different ways for people to stand with us in the gap and help our children and their families build a bridge to a brighter future.”
5 ways to be a champion for foster children:
The Villages regularly hosts Information Sessions throughout the state for interested individuals to become foster or adoptive parents.
The Villages team accepts donations throughout the year, including diapers, formula, hygiene products, gently used children’s clothing, gift cards, books and more. Please call your local office before dropping off your donation.
Brighter Futures is The Villages emerging, recurring gift community. Joining is easy and you can give at any level. Read more about the difference your monthly gift can make.
There are many ways to give back and support our children and families from hosting a donation drive, to sponsoring an event, to volunteering as a group.
Give the gift of holiday spirit to foster youth and their families this season. Get involved: sponsor a foster child by buying holiday gifts, sponsor a foster family in the community, or host a toy drive at your office, school or church. Click here for more information.