Foster Parents: hang on to those gift receipts! DCS reimburses gift expenses, up to $50 per foster child. Learn more about reimbursement guidelines and processes on the Holiday Gift Reimbursement form.
Please note: Requests for gift reimbursement are due by February 15, 2015.
As a foster parent of transition-age youth, you help teens become more independent in many ways. You advocate, teach, train, demonstrate, monitor and model skills that help teens become more self-sufficient.
Weekly documentation of your time spent with a teen to develop these skills is required. An easy checklist of qualifying activities is provided on our “Foster Care Forms“ page. You can also learn more about this tracking requirement on the “Transitional Living Skills Development -Information Sheet”.
Please note: Each youth is required to receive 3 hours of instruction per week. If you have questions about the requirement or documentation, please talk with your case manager.
Transitional Living Skills Development – Tracking Form: download PDF; download Word document
Transitional Living Skills Development -Information Sheet: download
We are happy to share that The Indiana Department of Child Services has announced a cost of living increase in per diem amounts for our foster families. The daily increase amounts are: Ages 0 – 4 years: increase of $0.28 per day; Ages 5 – 13 years: increase of $0.30 per day; Ages 14 – 18: increase of $0.35 per day.
This increase is effective beginning January 1, 2015, and will be reflected in your February 2015 deposit/check.
Adult and Child Center provides frequent classroom-style trainings for licensed foster parents (see the schedule here). There are several other options for foster parents to complete their annual training requirements. This document provides a brief outline of several opportunities to complete the required annual training, including: alternative training (often completed on your own schedule, at the library or at home); workshops (in-person trainings offered in a group setting), and individuals instruction (one-on-one training from an Adult and Child staff member).