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April 2, 2014

Cass County foster parents needed

Informational meetings will be offered for those wanting to volunteer

Officials continue to search for foster parents in Cass County.

The Cass County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services is looking for caregivers willing to provide temporary supervision and stability for children in need.

Foster families are needed to provide temporary care for children when relatives are not available, said Mary Werner, DCS regional foster care specialist supervisor.

“Having local foster families allows children to remain in their local community and remain in their school,” Werner said.

To find those foster parents, the Cass County DCS office will host informational meetings on April 12 as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

A foster care specialist from the local office will lead informational meetings at 10, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. April 12 at the Cass County DCS office, 301 E. Broadway, Suite 300. During the 30-minute meetings, a licensed foster parent will also be available to answer questions.

Foster parents are required to provide food and shelter and assist with practical needs such as helping with family visits, therapy sessions, medical and other appointments and extracurricular activities.

Foster parents are especially needed so that school-age children removed from their homes can continue to attend school and stay in contact with friends.

Also in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, there will be a Pinwheels for Prevention event around 7 p.m. April 8 at Little Turtle Waterway, 401 E. Melbourne Ave., Logansport to focus on efforts in Cass County to promote healthy child development as well as highlighting work that remains, the press release said.

There are more than 4,700 abused or neglected Hoosier children currently living in non-relative foster homes because it is unsafe for them to live in their own homes. In Cass County, 28 abused or neglected children live in foster homes.

If you go Pinwheels for Prevention WHO: Cass County DCS office WHAT: Event to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month WHEN: 7 p.m. April 8 at Little Turtle Waterway, 401 E. Melbourne Ave. Meeting for potential foster parents WHO: Cass County DCS office and a licensed foster parent WHAT: Informational meetings for potential foster parents WHEN: 10, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. April 12 at the Cass County DCS office, 301 E. Broadway, Suite 300.

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