More safe homes will soon be available to Hoosier foster children due to a new law sponsored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).
According to Sullivan, there are twice as many children in Indiana’s foster care system than there are available homes, in many cases due to the state’s drug epidemic and removal of more children from dangerous environments. As a result of this growing need for foster families, Sullivan sponsored legislation allowing foster parents to welcome up to six children in approved homes, helping young Hoosiers receive the support they need.
“A growing number of Hoosier children are in need of safe and loving homes,” Sullivan said. “Under current law, foster parents can take in up to five children. Increasing this number to six will help more children find caring families and can better address the issue of siblings being separated.”
Senate Enrolled Act 184 will go into effect on July 1, 2018.
Sullivan said Hoosiers who want to learn more about becoming a foster parent, supporting foster families or adoption opportunities can visitwww.in.gov/dcs.