Currently in Indiana alone, there are over 29,000 children in foster care, a number that has doubled in the last five years. As the state’s largest therapeutic foster care provider, The Villages continues to bridge the gap for Indiana’s children through the recruitment and training of qualified, nurturing foster parents to address the critical need for foster homes.
Annually, up to 84 percent of children served by The Villages foster care program are in only one home, with foster parents who provide stability. This statistic far exceeds state and national averages. More than 11,000 vulnerable children and families are touched by the wide array of programs and services The Villages provides each year. For anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, attend one of The Villages Information Sessions offered statewide. More information and dates are listed on their website at www.VillagesKids.org.
Sharon Pierce, President and CEO of The Villages says, “We know not every family is in a place to foster a child, yet we also know it takes just one person to make a difference in a child’s life.” Without the generous support of donors, The Villages would be unable to provide enrichment activities for the children served year-round. Contributions help provide after-school tutoring, driver’s education classes, summer camp experiences, trips to the zoo – common things that many people could take for granted, but not The Villages children.
Serving more than 3,000 children per day, The Villages of Indiana champions every child’s right to a safe permanent and nurturing home. Established in 1978, The Villages has grown into a nationally known, fully accredited, statewide organization that offers a diverse array of programs and services for abused, neglect and at-risk children and their families. Visit The Villages website (www.VillagesKids.org) for more information on how you can be a Champion for Children too.