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Indiana Policies

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Myths & Facts About Foster Care

MYTH: Foster parents need to make a lot of money to be able to take care of foster children.

FACT: Foster homes must demonstrate an ability to meet their family’s needs without foster care per diem. Foster parents are given reimbursement in the form of a “per diem” for each foster child in their home. This is solely for the benefit of the child and should cover their basic needs for food, clothing, etc.

MYTH: Teenagers in foster care are on probation or have a history of criminal behavior.

FACT: More often than not, teenage children in foster care entered substitute care due to abuse and neglect by their caregivers and have no criminal justice involvement.

MYTH: Foster parents and biological parents should not have contact with one another.

FACT: Foster parents can form a supportive relationship with the biological parents that benefits the child(ren). This relieves stress for the child during a time of uncertainty and creates positive relationships between the foster family and biological family that may last after children return home.

MYTH: Foster parents need to have a perfect home environment.

FACT: Foster parents are often living busy lives, and their homes may reflect that. Homes should be sanitary and free from hazardous or unsafe conditions. Otherwise, don’t sweat a carpet stain or stacks of laundry. We get it!

MYTH: Foster parents need to have parenting experience.

FACT: Foster parents come to us with a variety of life and parenting experiences. Some have previous parenting experience, but many others do not. It is not required that a foster parent have previous parenting experience.

MYTH: Foster parents should be married and own their own home.

FACT: Foster parents must have a stable living environment and should be in a position to operate or maintain that environment. A rental property is just fine as long as it provides the minimum space required per foster child. Foster parents can be married, single, or in a cohabitating relationship for at least a year.

MYTH: Children in foster care have experienced trauma beyond repair.

FACT: While most children in foster care have experienced some degree of trauma, a healthy relationship with their foster parents and the right therapeutic supports can aid children in healing from this trauma. Numerous former foster youths have attended college or vocational schools, have careers, and are leading healthy and fulfilling lives.

MYTH: Foster parents are expected to provide medical insurance for foster children.

FACT: Foster parents are not expected to provide medical insurance to foster youth or to cover the costs of medical/dental appts and procedures. The majority of foster children are covered by Medicaid. In the event that children are ineligible for Medicaid, the Department of Child Services will cover these costs.

MYTH: Foster children may damage my home and leave me with burdensome costs for damages.

FACT: Both the Department of Child Services and Choices Foster Care Solutions have policies in place to assist with these costs.