Annual IARCA Conference 2020 - The Unconference Conference

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski honored with 2020 IARCA Friend of Children award

Today, Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski joined the IARCA Conference to accept this year's Friend of Children Award. This award, presented to a leader on child and family welfare who has made a significant contribution to the community, recognizes Rep Walorksi’s leadership on child and family welfare legislation that effectively addresses practical issues and that will lead to better, fuller outcomes for Hoosiers receiving services.

Since becoming Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Subcommittee, Rep Walorski has worked closely with Subcommittee Chairman Danny Davis to direct significant federal funds to efforts to improve outcomes for children and their families. Always responsive to the needs of community members, Rep Walorski has been out front on making sure that the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is properly funded and successfully implemented. The FFPSA Transition Act, for instance, was a great piece of legislation that offered practical solutions to problems that states and private agencies were facing.

Currently, Representatives Walorksi and Davis have introduced the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. If passed, this bill would infuse older foster youth programs with hundreds of millions of additional federal dollars but also make those programs more accessible to a wider range of young adults, make additional changes to FFPSA implementation to increase our chances of success, and allocate additional federal funds and flexibility to other, proven programs.
 
Rep Walorksi represents the people of Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District where she knows and works closely with a number of IARCA members and other child and family service providers. Rep Walorski, born and raised in South Bend, was first elected to Congress in 2012.

Governor Eric Holcomb recongnizes and thanks Indiana's child and family welfare professionals

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb produced a thank you video to recognize the commitment and resiliency of Hoosier child and family welfare professionals. When the pandemic hit, we didn't fully understand the risks or ramifications of continuing to show up to work. But, as the Governor points out, Indiana's child and family welfare professionals didn't miss a beat in making sure Hoosier children and families received the support and services they need.

IARCA sends the Governor and his team many thanks for taking the time to share these thoughts and highlighting the work of these committed professionals.

2020 State of the Association

Every year as part of our Annual Members' Meeting, we produce a State of the Association to update our members and partners on IARCA's work. Our 2020 publication covers a number of areas, including our collective advocacy on behalf of children and families, the rollout on Outcomes 2020, and new and updated programming. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.

Information on COVID 19/coronavirus

IARCA is in regular communication with IN DCS and Indiana State Department of Health staff about updates on coronavirus preparation. We are also gathering information from other states, the federal government, and subject matter experts that we think might be helpful in preparing children, families, and staff for coronavirus preparedness. We will maintain and update a list of announcements and resources for the foreseeable future.

IARCA and IARCA Institute 2019 Annual Report

All the details about what IARCA, the IARCA Institute, and our members were up to in 2019 are now available. The 2019 Annual Report covers the advocacy work we all did on the state and national level, the efforts our various Work Groups did to make sure we're able to provide excellent services to children and families statewide, and updates on the administration of both organizations.

IARCA Member Resource Directory

IARCA's Member Resource Directory of Services for Children and Families is a great way to find out which of our members are providing services you need. You can download the October 2020 Guide which includes all members and services in our database or you can use our online directory where you can limit your search by things like region or service.

Our Mission

The mission of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) is to promote cooperation, communication, development and mutual support among organizations and systems providing services to children and their families, and to advocate for the establishment and maintenance of the highest quality, most effective, and most appropriate services possible to children and their families.

Member Benefits

Membership with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) provides many benefits to its members, including entry in the IARCA Member Resource Directory of Services for Children & Families which is available online for use by the Department of Child Services, Probation Departments, Juvenile Courts, Special Education Offices, CASA/GAL Programs, concerned parents and other professionals.

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