A&C Foster Parents Honored with FFTA Scholarship

Longtime Adult & Child Health foster parents Ivan and Elaine Burton were honored this week to attend The Foster Family-based Treatment Association's 30th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care on a special scholarship. The conference—held in New Orleans and attended by more than 600 family-based service professionals and foster parents—featured over 90 workshops highlighting best practices being applied in the field today.

Nominated by our staff for their outstanding commitment to fostering and dedication to the children and families they serve, the Burtons have maintained a high standard of excellence for the entirety of their 12 years with our organization. Consistently up to date on all required training and documentation, Ivan and Elaine have often gone above and beyond in identifying and acting on opportunities to better meet the therapeutic needs of the children in their care. They have been active community advocates for our agency and for foster care in general—building strong relationships with biological parents and fellow foster parents alike, and inspiring many more to become licensed themselves.

Most importantly, they have shown an unwavering dedication to putting the needs of the children above all else by taking the time to learn as much as possible about every individual in their care, providing them each with ongoing guidance and support designed to assist in achieving both short and long term success.

Congratulations to Ivan and Elaine on a well-deserved honor!

 

A&C Foster Parents Receive Kiwanis Foundation’s ‘Faith, Hope, & Love’ Award

Foster Parents Receive Award

Congratulations to Adult & Child foster parents Kenneth and Toni Dotson, who were honored May 13 at the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis' annual Foster Parent Recognition Luncheon!  Nominated by our staff for their exemplary history as foster parents, the Dotsons were one of five in the Greater Indianapolis area to receive a 'Faith, Hope, & Love' Award as Foster Parents of the Year.

With more than five years of outstanding service, Kenneth and Toni have proven time and again that the best interests of every child in their care is their number one priority. They have fostered children of varying ages, genders, and levels of need, and have made each of them feel at home while helping them flourish in their care. They take the difficult job of fostering very seriously—staying up to date on all required training and paperwork—but have also shown an ability to roll with the punches and to connect with a variety of  service providers and A&C staff. Lastly, they both have a great sense of humor!

IYI Library Has Free Resources, Direct to You

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 library@iyi.org or 1-800-343-7060 if you need any help finding resources and for answers to your questions.

Free & Low-Cost Programs through Center for Leadership Development

Great opportunities for you and your youth are coming up at The Center for Leadership Development. If you have a youth interested in career exploration, developing leadership skills or getting ready for college, we encourage you to follow the links below for more information on each program.

Upcoming programs and events include:

Register for college fair by August 7

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

College Prep Fair at Center for Leadership Development is August 22

Hoosier Care Connect to replace Care Select for foster kids

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.

IN*SOURCE Provides Training on Special Education

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

Expert Advice: Summer Camp for Special Needs Kids

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:

Do: 

  • 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

Don’t

  • 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!

IN*SOURCE Webinar: Transition to Adult Services

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 cboswell@insource.org.