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So…here’s the thing…I love love love sharing with each of you about our foster care journey, about some of the experiences I’ve had as both a foster and adoptive parent, and about a few new things I have learned as I have gone along on this journey.    I have tapped in to my fellow foster parent support system and shared…

I have often referenced something called “compassion fatigue”; you may have heard of it by another name, “blocked care.” Now, I’m not sure how I’ve missed this information for many years, but I’ll admit that I have…which is why I’m writing about it here so that hopefully it doesn’t pass by any of you! What…

Some of you may be wondering what happens to all the things the child you are fostering accumulates? Now, some of this might be obvious. But, just in case there’s any doubt. I’d like to briefly touch on it. As I mentioned previously, when a child enters the foster care system in Indiana a $200…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Annie Martinez 317 625-6005 amartinez@childrensbureau.org   Children’s Bureau and Families First Sign Merger Agreement INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 21, 2021)— Children’s Bureau and Families First, two of Indiana’s most established nonprofits—have joined forces to better serve families and children. With roots in the community that go back more than 185 years, a…

One role of a foster parent which isn’t often discussed is that of “keeper of the story”. And what I mean by that is that as a foster parent, you are tasked with preserving and holding the story of the child entrusted to your care… So what IS the big deal about the story behind…

So I have been ruminating this week about what we thought foster care would be like versus what it has ended up being for us. This will obviously be very different for every single person, but here are just a few of my thoughts and ramblings. Six years ago last week, a teeny, tiny, well-below-the-growth-chart,…

Before we became foster parents, my friends who had fostered would talk about their CASAs and apparently I just didn’t fully absorb what a CASA does. Or who a CASA is in a case. Or what an involved CASA can mean in the life of a child. I realize that some (or many) of you…

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Social Work have received a grant to address the issue of child abuse in Indiana. One goal of the program is to establish family resource centers at places where families already gather, like schools and libraries. This program is a partnership between Indiana Department Of Child Services Indiana…

(Indianapolis, IN, March 22, 2019) – March of Dimes Indiana Chapter has awarded a grant to Children’s Bureau to support Safe Sleep trainings, aimed at serving maternal and child health needs in Madison County. This program will provide education and safe sleep materials to over 200 families over the course of a year. This grant…

Never doubt your IMPACT! The holiday season may be over, but the positive impact that Children’s Bureau’s Hope for the Holidays donors have had on families really does teach and inspire.  Here are some thank you notes we received from families who were touched by our donors’ generosity this holiday season: