May is National Foster Care Month, which provides opportunities to show how much we appreciate the work foster families do for so many children in Indiana while promoting the important program.
There are currently more than 6,300 Hoosier children living in non-relative foster homes due to abuse or neglect, and there are thousands more waiting for a welcoming and safe home. Here are some ways you can show appreciation for foster parents and get involved in changing a child's life:
- Become a foster parent by sharing your home, time, energy and love with a child in need;
- Contact a local foster care agency about events and other ways to honor foster parents in your community;
- Visit childadvocatesnetwork.org to learn how to be a volunteer child advocate and help represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.
To help maintain safe environments in foster homes, I supported a new law making it easier for foster families to obtain restraining orders if they need to protect themselves and the children in their care. I also authored legislation to help families during temporary life crises by allowing a parent to temporarily delegate the power of attorney over their children into a voluntary guardianship.
If you are a foster parent, thank you for making a difference in the life of a child. To learn about the Indianapolis Children's Museum's Foster Family Membership program offering free general admission for one year, among other things, click here.