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Becoming a Foster / Adoptive Parent

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Must be 21 years of age, emotionally, physically, and financially stable and have a legal residence that meets physical safety standards including adequate bedroom space Must complete First-Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions training courses Must undergo a criminal background check for all adults and participate in a home study process with a Regional Licensing Specialist Must complete all required forms and the Casey Foster Family Assessments Must complete a minimum of 20 hours of training courses for licensing as well as 10-30 hours of continuing training each year depending on the type of license

[Adapted from Indiana Department of Child Services, http://in.gov/dcs/ & Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association, http://www.ifcaa.org.]

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Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana  

This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

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This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

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