The Virginia Beall Ball Library at the Indiana Youth Institute is home to a wide variety of books, DVDs and digital materials—all available to borrow for FREE.
Adult and Child staff has partnered with the Indiana Youth Institute library, and in the near future, you will receive information about a library account that has been created specifically for you. You will be able to log in and browse the catalog to request materials that will be mailed directly to your doorstep at no cost to you, with a postage-paid return envelope included! Your library account will also give you free access to great digital content—both eBooks and audiobooks are available to download anytime, anywhere.
Materials from the Subject Guides, such as Resources for Foster & Adoptive Parents, can be requested by clicking on a title, logging in and placing a request. If you are looking for free access to resources that will help you complete training for licensing requirements, the library has created a link to nearly 60 titles in the library catalog that are listed on the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) approved Alternative In-Service Training List. You can always contact IYI’s librarians at email@example.com or 1-800-343-7060 if you need any help finding resources and for answers to your questions.
The Center for Leadership Development is hosting a College Prep Fair on Saturday, August 22. The event is open to students in 8th-12th grades. Typically a cost of $15 per student, Adult and Child Center will cover the cost of foster youth currently receiving services through us.
Register your student on or before August 7 by emailing SPeterson@AdultandChild.org.
College Prep Fair at Center for Leadership Development is August 22
We have been notified that a new Medicaid program will be rolled out to replace Care Select. The new program is called “Hoosier Care Connect,” and is being rolled out for eligible foster children by DCS’s Medicaid Enrollment Unit.
Foster parents will receive a letter outlining these changes (also available here). Some key details are provided below. As always, contact us with any questions you may have.
Highlights of the change
- Hoosier Care Connect is a new Medicaid program for DCS youth that will replace Care Select
- As of July 1, 2015, the Care Select program will be going away
- DCS’s Medicaid Enrollment Unit is responsible for enrolling eligible children on Hoosier Care Connect
- Initially, only children and youth currently on Care Select that are eligible will be enrolled in Hoosier Care Connect. DCS is still identifying the best approach for identifying children in out-of-home care that are appropriate for opting in to Hoosier Care Connect. The immediate focus is on children currently enrolled in Care Select, focusing on those children with multiple needs or special conditions such as asthma or heart problems.
The role of foster parents
- If the child is enrolled in Hoosier Care Connect, the foster parents will be responsible for assisting in completion of an initial health assessment upon entry into the Hoosier Care Connect program. This is a questionnaire that may require coordination with the child’s FCM to complete.
- The Managed Care Entity may also contact foster parents regarding selecting a primary medical provider.
Thank you, Judge Moores for bringing awareness to the critical need for more foster homes!
Know someone who is considering fostering? Please have them call 317-893-0207, or email SPeterson@AdultandChild.org.
Adult and Child Center offers monthly training opportunities for individuals interested in fostering. Our next training is scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
IN*SOURCE provides a host of trainings (both workshops and webinars) to help parents with special needs children and youth. These trainings do count toward our foster parents’ annual training requirement. In order to get credit for completing the training(s), foster parents will need to submit a certificate to Susan Peterson. This certificate is typically provided by IN*SOURCE, or can be printed at home.
WORKSHOPS : Special Education Trainings for Parents and Professionals
If you are interested in attending any of these trainings/workshops, please contact the contact person listed for more information. If you are interested in scheduling a training/workshop, please contact Scott Carson at IN*SOURCE, (574) 234-7101 or (800) 332-4433.
Upcoming workshops include:
- Special Education 101 / Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 10:00-12:00 noon EDT
- The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 / Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 9:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
- Your Dependent with Special Needs – Making Their Future More Secure / Monday, April 27, 2015 / 6:30 p.m. CDT
- Transition to Adult Life / Thursday, April 30, 2015 / 12:00-2:30 p.m. CDT
Many Webinars are archived and available at your convenience; among the many available are:
- Advocating for the Special Needs Foster Child
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Characteristics, Practical Strategies, & Potential Supports
- Bullying at School and Children with Autism
- Facilitated IEP Services
- (The) Facts About Charter Schools and Special Education
Jenni Newbury Ross, Executive Director for PALS Programs, recently posted “Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp.” In this article, she offers guidance on how to select a summer camp, including “do’s” and “don’ts” like:
- focus on age-appropriate options
- understand the camp’s vision
- contact the camp before applying
- prepare your child for the experience
- encourage your child to try new things
- allow location to limit your options
- be afraid of high tuition costs
- misrepresent your child’s needs
- forget to give your child space to grow
- underestimate your child’s capabilities
A helpful article for anyone considering summer camp options!
Planning for a student’s transition from school to adult life can be complex. It may include post-secondary education or training and/or community employment, community living and leisure opportunities with family and friends.
IN*SOURCE is hosting a webinar on Monday, March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. for parents of transition-age youth. This webinar will help parents understand some of the issues addressed in the transition planning process, including: the transition IEP; the roles of the student and family; accessing adult services and supports; the importance of the Rehabilitation Act to transition-age students.
- When: Monday, March 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Where: Online/ Webinar
- Registration: Register online by Friday, March 27
- Please note: Space is limited; registration will be capped. Alternately, if fewer than 3 registrations are received, this webinar may be cancelled.
Presented by Cathy Boswell, IN*SOURCE Regional Program Specialist. For more information, please contact her at (219) 552-1992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is hosting a FREE Spring Bash at Garfield Park on April 22, 4:30 – 7 p.m. The evening includes a DJ, free raffle, food, games, prizes, and a service learning opportunity. It will be lots of fun, and is open to students/youth ages 12 – 19.
Learn more here, or call Amanda Reuter at 317-946-9465 or Freddie King at 317-430-6278.