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Current Foster Parents

Empowering Foster Parents with Essential Tools and Information

Being a foster parent can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also come with its own set of challenges. As a foster parent, you may find yourself in need of support and resources to help you navigate the ups and downs of foster care. That’s why we have compiled a list of resources specifically designed to support foster parents in their journey.

Current Foster Parents Resources

Foster Parent Handbook

Our foster parent handbook is your go to resource for common questions and needs.

Foster Care Forms

Find all of the most commonly needed forms here.

Training for Licensed Foster Parents

Each year, foster parents must complete 20 hours of required training. At least 12 hours of which must be through “classroom training.” Up to 8 hours may be completed through alternative training.

Classroom Training

Each year, foster parents must complete 12 hours or more of “classroom training.”

To help foster parents meet this requirement we offer “Power Hours” training each quarter. These trainings are held on Saturdays and foster parents can earn up to 6 hours of training if they stay for the entire day. In addition, we provide a training on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Foster parents can earn 2 hours for attending this training. These trainings are designed to make it easy for foster parents to maintain their hours. 

Alternative Training

Each year, foster parents may complete up to 8 hours of alternative training.

Learn about alternative training options including books, videos, “Training While You Wait”, and archived webinars.

  • Choose a book from the approved list or identify a book you think is relevant to foster parenting & send a synopsis of the book to Amanda Orr (aorr@adultandchild.org) for approval.
    (NOTE: A good synopsis can usually be found on Amazon.com )
  • After reading the approved book, submit the completed Alternative Training Verification form, found here
  • Choose a video from the approved list or identify a video you think is relevant to foster parenting & send a synopsis of the video to Amanda Orr (aorr@adultandchild.org for approval. 
    (NOTE: A good synopsis can usually be found on Amazon.com.)
  • After watching the approved video, submit the completed Alternative Training Verification form, found here
  • Some agencies provide recordings of past webinars (sometimes referred to as “archived”), so you can view them after the webinar has taken place.
  • Choose an archived webinar from IYI or IN*SOURCE
  • After watching the webinar, submit the completed Alternative Training Verification form, found here

Other requirements: CPR / First Aid / Universal Precautions

Adult & Child offers these trainings monthly to help you keep your certifications current. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) will require a licensee to complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, and Universal Precautions trainings prior to initial licensure. Additionally, licensees must have continuous certification of completion to maintain a foster family home license.”

After-Hours Emergency Phone Number

If you are a CURRENT foster parent and have an after-hours emergency, please call: 317-882-5122. You will be connected with an after-hours answering service; tell the customer service representative that you need the TFC emergency on-call staff person to call you back. Our normal office hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday.


Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

Foster Licensing Office: 317-893-0207

Sarah Miller, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Miller works with the addictions team, general psychiatry for adolescents and adults, and the competency restoration team. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her specialties are working in addictions and with people who experience serious mental illness.

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.

Joanna Chambers, MD

Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.