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Number of Hoosier children in the foster system doubles in five years

The facts tell the need. In Indiana, the number of children in the foster system jumped from nearly 14,000 in 2013 to over 26,000 in 2018. There are twice as many children who need a home in the Indiana foster care system than homes available. And support for the families who step up and become foster parents is more appreciated than ever.

The Villages of Indiana, a private non-profit agency, finds caring, loving and stable homes for Indiana’s foster youth. The Villages team is the state’s largest private child and family service agency touching the lives of more than 3,000 children and families each day. All totaled the team serves over 11,000 children each year through the agency’s family services and programs.

“Our team champions every child’s right to a safe, permanent and nurturing home,” says Sharon Pierce, The Villages President and CEO. “We rely on help from Hoosiers statewide to support the needs of Villages’ foster children, youth and families. Whether it’s donating needed items, such as diapers, clothes or gas cards, or becoming a foster parent, every person plays a vital role in the success of foster youth in our state—the youth who are our future.”

Five ways to become a champion for foster children

  1. Make a cash donation. The Villages of Indiana depends on donors to provide continued services to children and families throughout the state.
  2. Donate via Amazon. The Villages website includes an Amazon Wish List link. Donors can point, click and donate items that are always needed among our foster parents—diapers, gas cards, games for kids, clothes and more. The donation is delivered directly to The Villages statewide office(s) and given directly to foster families.
  3. Become a volunteer. Call your Villages local office to learn more.
  4. Become a foster parent. There are free statewide info sessions and The Villages website has the dates and details.
  5. Support foster and adoptive parents. Encourage their efforts as they provide a safe, stable and loving environment to a child.

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