Indiana Reimagining Foster Care Campaign Kick-Off
The Indiana Reimagining Foster Care Campaign is a collaborative effort by the Department of Child Services, State CASA Office, and private foster care and home-based agencies. The Campaign has identified six principles and five action steps that, if widely adopted, will transform how parent(s) interact with the foster or kinship parents, collectively resource parents, who are caring for their children. We know children benefit most when the adults in their lives are cooperating. But, right now parents and resource parents who support one another and share parenting are the exception. This campaign seeks to change our community into one that proactively encourages, supports, and guides these relationships during the time a child in away from home and, when possible, after reunification.
The Campaign was designed by the Reimagning Foster Care Work Group. Members of the Group will provide an overview of the Campaign's principles and then share how their agency or department are already moving forward on the implementing them. We'll also have time for participants to join small groups to brainstorm how they can incorporate the campaign in their work and urge their agency to sign-on as campaign supporters.
The Work Group was inspired by a 2020 campaign from the U.S. Administration of Children and Families, Foster Care as Family Support. As part of the campaign, ACF released a guide on rethinking foster care communities. The Children's Home Society of North Carolina was featured in that guide. They'll be joining us on November 4th at noon eastern in a companion webinar to share their lessons learned in transforming how they think about foster care. Register for that free webinar at: http://www.iarca.org/training/reimagining-foster-care-tips-from-north-carolina-on-connecting-parents-and-foster-kinship-
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