Foster and adoption resources

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You can make a lifelong impact on a youth's future by becoming a resource parent, (formerly known as a foster parent), through Oaklawn's Foster and Adoption Resources program. We connect youth with Resource Parents who feel a special calling to make a difference.

Our program is designed to provide safe, nurturing homes to youth who are unable to live with their biological family. Youth may have experienced significant trauma and many face psychiatric, emotional and/or behavioral diagnoses. The goal of our program is to reunite youth and their parents whenever possible, but permanent placements and adoptions are sometimes sought.

Requirements for Resource Parents

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Complete 20 hours of resource and adoptive parent training
  • Become trained in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions

Required paperwork our staff coordinates

  • Criminal history checks
  • Personal references (4)
  • Written home study
  • Application
  • Other state required forms

Support for resource families

Resource Parents are never alone in their efforts to make a positive impact on the young lives in their homes. Parents meet together monthly to share tips, ideas and offer support. Additionally, each youth is assigned a Family Resource Specialist, who will visit the home to provide ideas, suggestions, give feedback and help design and implement support and safety plans. 

For more information

For more information about Oaklawn Foster and Adoption Resources, as well as to see frequently asked questions, download our brochure. To contact us, call 574-537-2669 or email fostercare@oaklawn.org.  

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