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Keep up with the latest news about Firefly Children and Family Alliance, from recent announcements to new programs and services

Kris’ Corner – Foster Parents Are Not Paid

Now, some of you might be thinking about the fact that it used to be (several decades ago) foster parents could just stay at home and take care of children and receive their per diems, which also covered their own living expenses; that’s often the reason why you’d...

Kris’ Corner – Aging Out Without Support

Every year hundreds of thousands of teens age out of the foster care system. So how and why does this happen? To be honest, there’s not a clear, concise or easy answer for why so many children age out of care, but here are just a few. Sometimes the cases begin when a...

Kris’ Corner – How Does a Family Come Under Investigation?

One question I sometimes get is: “How do kids come into care?” In other words, “How does Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) know when to check in on a family?” Well, there are different ways, such as when police are called to a home (which may be about drugs,...

Kris’ Corner – #1 Reason for Removal

I’d like to take the next few weeks to discuss some of the facts of foster care about which you might not be aware. Today, I’ll start with the number one reason kids come into care: neglect. Neglect of a child occurs when their basic needs are not adequately met, and...

Central Canal turns blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brian Heinemann Department of Child Services Cell: 317-473-2416 Email: brian.heinemann@dcs.in.gov Central Canal turns blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2022) – Peggy Surbey, Regional Manager of Marion...

Canal to be Dyed Blue for Child Abuse Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brian Heinemann Department of Child Services Cell: 317-473-2416 Email: brian.heinemann@dcs.in.gov MARION COUNTY (APRIL 5, 2022) – The Indiana Department of Child Services, in partnership with Children’s Bureau + Families First,...

Kris’ Corner – Disney-like Experiences

In my last post, I encouraged foster parents to be understanding and patient as a child adapts to their new environment; because they will be exposed to a variety of new experiences. But today, I want to talk about another (albeit less common) phenomenon in terms of...

Child Abuse Prevention Month Press Release 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT Annie Martinez 317-625-6005 AMartinez@childrensbureau.org AES Indiana Building on the Circle to Feature Blue Lights for Child Abuse Prevention Month INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 31, 2022) – The AES Indiana building on Monument Circle...

Kris’ Corner – New Experiences

Today, I would like to talk a little bit about kids coming into care and having new experiences. This will be the case for EVERY.SINGLE.FOSTER.CHILD. No child will come into care and arrive at a foster home that is identical to their biological family’s home. So there...