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Learn More About Foster Care. Set Up A Virtual Meeting With Us On Your Schedule.

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Virtual meetings have made life more convenient for everyone involved. Our Therapeutic Foster Care team utilizes them often, from trainings to meetings with foster parents.

Sometimes, though, life gets in the way of those types of meetings, too. Schedules fill up. Emergencies happen.

That’s why our team is offering virtual informational meetings via Zoom that fit your schedule. You pick the day and time, and we’ll meet you online.

Our Therapeutic Foster Care team is offering informational virtual meetings for anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster parent.

How our virtual meetings work

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, we offer informational meetings. But they don’t happen sporadically. They happen whenever you want them to happen, and the 1-on-1 environment allows prospective parents to ask more personal questions that might not be comfortable in a group setting.

Trainings have historically been set up one time monthly, but this allows the foster care team to do an informational meeting for a shorter time commitment. Then, prospective foster parents can determine if they are ready to take the next step to begin the training process.

“It allows me to individualize training when necessary,” said Lynn Farmer, Community Outreach Development Specialist. “For example, we still do pre-service trainings on Saturdays even virtually. However, occasionally Saturday doesn’t work around work schedules. Virtual training allows me to meet the prospective parent on their timeline.”

The 30-minute informational sessions cover the basic requirements to become a foster parent, the required training, the placement process and more. Prospective parents can ask questions at the end of the meetings.

Those advantages complement the convenience that virtual meetings provide.

What parents are saying

Here’s a sampling of what our current foster parents say about the 1-on-1 virtual meetings:

“Less interruptions of the speaker.”

“It allows you to still engage but at the convenience of your everyday life. I think that it is very beneficial with taking care of so many other things because it gives you more time for other stuff like 1-on-1 with kids.”

“I have my own time to focus and really zone in to what I’m learning. I’m not worrying about the kids because I am home.”

“Questions of others. Time for explanation.”

“You still get the same information as if you were face to face.”

“You’re more at ease when taking in information.”

“Well, with the virus going around, I feel safe in my home.”

How you can register for a virtual meeting

Would you like to schedule your own 1-on-1 virtual meeting to learn more about becoming a foster parent? Call 317-893-0207 today. Once you’ve settled on a meeting date and time, we’ll send you a link via email to join the meeting.

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Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

She enjoys hanging out with her family and her two dogs, and going to sporting events.

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