There is an overwhelming need for foster children to find a permanent home here in Indiana, with 9,000 children currently in the foster care system. Just let that number sit with you. Not hundreds – thousands of Hoosier children are awaiting a safe and loving home.

This is just unacceptable, and Indiana’s failing adoption subsidy program is partially to blame. State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) has taken an active role in addressing this issue and shedding light on the mistreatment foster families face when they move forward with the adoption process.

In the following videos, Sen. Niezgodski highlights a few of the many stories he receives about Hoosier adoptive families’ devastating experiences with the Department Child Services (DCS). It is important to continue sharing these stories to not only bring awareness to this issue, but to create long lasting, effective change.

Thank you to all of those who sent in your stories, and for allowing us to show folks across the state the importance of our Hoosier adoptive families. Without your support, Sen. Niezgodski would not have been able to get adoption subsidy language into the state budget bill. As the proposal currently stands, foster parents who adopt children in the highest need categories will be guaranteed at least 50% of their foster subsidy. Sen. Niezgodski is working with both caucuses to ensure that this adoption policy is signed into law. This is a great first step, but our efforts to support adoptive families will continue in coming sessions.  All of us at the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus are dedicating to fighting for all Hoosiers, especially the most vulnerable among us.