New Coalition Plans To Expand, Improve Foster Care Services In Indiana

Jul 21, 2021

Foster Together Indiana founder Takkeem Morgan said the idea is to have a collective approach to recruit and retain foster parents.
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A new coalition plans to expand and improve foster care services in the state. It launched a pilot program in Lake County to increase equitable recruitment of foster parents and support for foster families.

The program is called Foster Together Indiana and aims to provide homes to children in need through the Lake County foster family recruitment and retention coalition.

According to the Indiana Department of Child Services, there are around 30,000 children in foster care in Indiana. 

Foster Together Indiana founder Takkeem Morgan said the idea is to have a collective approach to recruit and retain foster parents. 

“My research over the 18 months that I was placed at the Department of Child Services indicated that foster parents end up leaving the job far too soon because they don't get adequate support,” Morgan said.

Under the program, a team of committed volunteers will work alongside foster and adoptive families to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support.

The pilot program is supported by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hands of Hope and Lake County Legacy Foundation. 

Contact reporter Paola at pmarizan@wnin.org or follow her on Twitter at @pmarizan.