TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County resident Jen Bushore-Barry and her husband Michael have only been foster parents for a year and a half, but she said it’s shown how much of a difference they can make in their community.
“Being a foster parent has really opened my eyes to the importance of adults in the lives of children,” Jen Bushore-Barry said.
The couple worked through the Tippecanoe County Department of Child Services to become licensed foster parents. Bushore-Barry said her time fostering children has shown the importance a foster parent plays in the community.
“There’s a need for people to step up and help when parents are working through things and to be there as resources for families,” said Bushore-Barry.
The Tippecanoe County DCS is looking for people in the community wanting to become foster parents.
Local DCS office director Angela Guimond said foster parents take care of children while child services works towards a safe and permanent option for the child.
Guimond said there is not an immediate need for foster parents in Tippecanoe County, but said the more foster parents available allows DCS to place children in a home that fits their specific needs.
“If we can insure that we have a deep well, so to speak, in Tippecanoe County of available families to take care of kids, then that lessens the possibility of a child having to be placed outside of their community,” said Bushore-Barry.
Guimond said prospective foster parents can attend a training session in August at the Tippecanoe County DCS office.
She said the licensing process takes two to three months and requires CPR and First Aid training.
For Bushore-Barry, it was worth the effort
“Just to have the opportunity to work with these children and their families, and to see where we can support the community,” Bushore-Barry said.
The training session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Tippecanoe County DCS building located at 250 Main St., Suite 301, in Lafayette.
Reservations are needed to attend the training session, as space is limited. The deadline to reserve a seat is Friday, July 25.
If you would like to reserve a seat for the training session, contact Kay Houck at 765-762-6125 ext. 13071.
For additional information about the foster care program, please contact a DCS Region 5 Foster Care Specialist at 765-742-0400.