I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that 2016 was a difficult year for many Indiana families. Our state is struggling to respond quickly enough to the families being pulled apart by the addictions epidemic. Thankfully, together, we are helping the most vulnerable children and families to pick up the pieces of their broken lives and move forward.
There is a saying that without the dark, we could never see the stars. The crisis we have been responding to has definitely had its dark moments, but we have also witnessed the shining brilliance of so many stars. We have worked with many grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, teachers, volunteers, donors and community leaders who have given of themselves to care for the children who are the young victims of an epidemic without demographic boundaries. There are so many families, of virtually every type, who have gladly rearranged their lives to become foster parents, adoptive parents and supports for children in need.
With your help, Children’s Bureau continues to provide much-needed services to children and families across Indiana. In 2016 we served 47,138 children in 22,747 unique families. Each family comes equipped with its own values, culture, hopes and dreams. It is our goal to embrace the families we serve and support them by providing access to education, resources and the hope they need to thrive.
In the past year, we continued to experience an outpouring of support from our community. Without that help, we could not provide the shelter, counseling services and assistance that so many families have received. This generosity is vital to helping the stars we care for to shine brightly and confidently. I am fortunate to witness the impact of our agency’s work every day, and it is truly my honor to share our accomplishments from 2016 with you. Every one of the stories and numbers shared throughout this report represents a life changed—often an entire family’s trajectory changed. And through your volunteer hours, advocacy, financial support and talents, you helped make it happen. My gratitude to each of you is immeasurable.
Together, we are helping our most vulnerable children and families to recover, and in doing so we are collectively changing generations to come. Thank you for your commitment to Children’s Bureau and the many families we serve.
President & CEO