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CASA volunteers rally for children still waiting

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS — About 6,000 children are waiting for someone to volunteer and become their court appointed special advocate. Several hundred volunteers, lawmakers and judicial staff members rallied at the Statehouse Monday to help raise awareness for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program. “The really unique thing about CASA […]

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Easier access to driver’s licenses could improve lives of foster teens

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Breann Delaney is passionate about bettering the lives of teenage foster children, especially those who are seeking employment or have a desire to better their education. “Foster children who went through traumatic experiences at no fault of their own deserve normalcy,” Delaney said. The passion for a normal life […]

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Foster children find adoptive homes through photography exhibit

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A traveling photo exhibit aimed at finding homes for Indiana foster kids is making a stop in Indianapolis. “My heart has always been with kids, and as a photographer, I knew I wanted to give back in the best way I could, which is through photographs,” said Lydia Lee, […]

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State announces new funding for child and foster services

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Child Services will reallocate more than $37.8 million over three years to enhance existing programs and spend an additional $10 million to create new services for children, families and older foster youth. DCS officials said they expect to provide services for more than […]

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Indiana and other states get chance to experiment with child welfare systems

By Pamela M. Prah Stateline.org staff writer Devon, a 16-year old boy who lives in Clearwater, Florida, went into foster care when he was eight months old. He lived in a group home in his early teen-age years and was on track to stay there until he turned 18. But that didn’t happen. Today, as a […]