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September Focus: Self-Care for Foster Parents                    

Topic: Resource Family Self Care

Please Note: DCS has a 6 hour virtual training on resource parent self-care that will count for face to face training hours. Unfortunately, you can only take this training once, so if you are unsure if you have taken this training, please let Brianna Rainheimer know and she can check for you. It is offered multiple times, but it is the same training each time. Since this is a DCS training, you will need to be registered at least 3 business days in advance. 

Date #1: Saturday, September 9th from 9am to 4pm (6 Face to Face Hours)

Virtually hosted by DCS via Microsoft Teams

Please Register by Wednesday, September 6.

To register email: rainheimer@villages.org

Date #2: Saturday, September 29th from 9am to 4pm (6 Face to Face Hours)

Virtually hosted by DCS via Microsoft Teams

Please Register by Monday, September 25.

To register email: rainheimer@villages.org

September Support Groups

Topic: How to Deal with Grief in the Moment and on Difficult Days

September 13th from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

September 27th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM




Topic: TBD


No new date yet. More details to come.



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Click orange links to access resource websites and contact information.


Hands of Hope
  • Supports foster parents throughout the State
  • Care Communities to circle around the family with meals, tutoring, assisting in housework, transportation, emotional support, and spiritual support.
  • Care Portals are active in Allen, Johnson, Kosciusko, Marion, Madison, Wabash, Warrick, Vigo, and Vanderburgh Counties. Families work with their FCM to request items needed for their foster youth through the Care Portal. Examples of items needed: toddler bed; stroller; highchair; child specific equipment.
  • Clothing Closet


ITown Church
  • Serves the Marion County area
  • Foster Care Go Team helps to organize and receive inventory as well as prepare and deliver requests for foster parents. These provide essential items to a foster family after receiving placements
  • Foster Care Closet
  • Bags for foster youth to provide necessary items in foster care
  • Foster Care Support Groups weekly


Foster the Family Support Group
  • In person event held on the third Monday of each month
  • Location: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202


Borrowed Hearts
  • Supports foster families and youth with necessities in Southwest Indiana
  • Monthly Support Group
  • Borrowed Hearts Store provides free clothing, hygiene products, baby formula, baby gear, diapers, toys, etc. Exclusively available for foster families


One Simple Wish
  • A foster youth’s wish can be submitted by the Department of Child Services Family Case Manager


WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
    • Statewide through the local WIC Office
    • Available for families with infants through 5 years old placed in their home
    • Local office information can be found here.


The Isaiah 1:17 Project
  • Serves Southwest Indiana
  • Provide Bags of Hope to youth entering foster care
  • DreamCycle program allows a child to build a bike and take it home with them
  • Family Care Connections program to circle around a family to provide support with spiritual, physical, and emotional needs
  • Foster Success Program which offers scholarships for Ivy Tech and Oakland City University


Resources of Hope, Inc.
  • Serves Central Indiana
  • Birthday Blessing program to provide an additional gift to youth on their birthday
  • Foster Parent appreciation events throughout the year
  • Foster Parent Support Groups
  • Kinship Provider Support Groups
  • Teen Connect Program is a weekly collaboration of foster youth and adult volunteers to engage in activities and build relationships in a positive atmosphere.
  • Foster Parent Training Opportunities


Fostering Hope for Children, Inc.
  • Serves Northeastern Indiana for foster and kinship families
  • Foster Clothing Program
  • Blanket Program
  • School Supply Program
  • Christmas Gifting Program
  • Gift Card Program for Foster Parents
  • Birthday Card Program


Foster Fairies
  • Serves Central Indiana
  • Christmas Drive
  • Chance for Underpants program to provide under garments for youth when they enter foster care
  • Birthday Wishes Program
  • Essential Products Program to provide youth with personal hygiene products


Foster Closet of Monroe County
  • Serves Monroe and surrounding counties


The Villages Shoppe
  • The Villages of Indiana, Inc. Indianapolis office
  • The Villages of Indiana, Inc. Merrillville Office
  • The Villages of Indiana, Inc. Bloomington Office


Lambswear Clothing Closet
  • Serves Central Indiana
  • Free clothing


Second Chances Foster Closet
  • Serves Central Indiana
  • Requests can be emailed to


Indiana Kids Belong
  • A free app to connect families with businesses, organizations, and faith communities to support the family with discounts and services