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After Rebecca and Bruce Austin gave birth to their daughter, they struggled to get pregnant again. So they signed up to become foster parents.

“I wouldn’t change it for anything,” says Rebecca, reflecting on the past nine years. 

 

 

Of the nine children the Austins have fostered, they adopted four and are still caring for a fifth. Their children range in age from 22 to 4. 

And the five still living at home see 14 doctors.

DCS Target Of New Class Action Lawsuit

Jun 25, 2019
(Flickr)
Flickr

The Indiana agency that oversees the state’s foster system is the target of a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in federal court in Evansville. The suit accuses the Department of Child Services of violating children’s constitutional rights.

Senate Sends Foster Care Reform Bill To Governor

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Senate sent a bill to the governor’s desk Thursday that aims to reform Indiana’s foster care system.

House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Apr 15, 2019

The House unanimously approved a bill that makes a number of changes to Indiana’s foster system – including giving foster parents more of a voice.

Foster Youth Lag In Educational Attainment

Apr 9, 2019
Former foster youth Joshua Christian advocates for children in the system. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Foster youth in Indiana are less likely than other students to receive a quality education according to the first ever state assessment on the group

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