Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 5, 2014

Stable, loving foster parents wanted


“Anytime a kid goes home,” Middendorf said, “we applaud that foster parent and are glad to have them in the county. Foster parents play a huge role in helping ensure the transition [back to the birth parents] is successful and smooth.”

Being a foster parent isn’t an easy job, Middendorf conceded, but can be satisfying, worthwhile work for the right individual, offering the opportunity to “help a lot of kids.”

Prospective foster parents must be at least 21 years old. Non-married couples must have been in a relationship for at least one year. The applicant isn’t required to own a home but must be in a safe and stable living environment.

Candidates must demonstrate financial fitness, too, meaning they can responsibly support their own households. Foster parents are paid a ‘per diem’ amount to meet each child’s ongoing daily needs, but it’s nowhere near enough to support a family, Middendorf emphasized.

Applicants must complete a number of questionnaires and provide four references; those requirements are in addition to the aforementioned home inspections and visits. Those accepted to foster must attend 10 hours of pre-service training.

Middendorf and Hankins alike welcomed anyone interested in becoming a foster parent to call DCS.

“If you’re on the fence [about becoming a foster parent],” Middendorf said, “call us and we’ll arrange for you to speak with a current foster parent.”

“This could be a chance to make a difference not only in a child’s life,” she continued, “but also a difference in an entire family’s life.”

The next foster-parent recruitment event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m., March 11, at the Decatur County DCS offices at 1025 E. Freeland Road, suite B, next to the Decatur County BMV branch.

For more information or to enquire about fostering, call 663-6768 and ask for Emily or dial extension #12949 for Sarah Middendorf.

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011;

Text Only
  • 'Family Connections' looks to empower families “Family Connections’ mission is building strong families. We believe by building strong families we build strong communities. We empower families to become the best they can be,” points out executive director Connie DeBurger. The southeastern Indiana

    August 20, 2014

  • nws-gb082014-cookie theft mug Girl Scout Cookie fund theft charged GREENSBURG – A man accused of stealing from a child’s Girl Scout Cookie fund now faces a local theft charge alongside drug-related offenses in a nearby county.Police arrested James K. Sparks, 30, on Monday, following the issuance of a warrant from th

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Events Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240.Aug. 2211 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Baked

    August 20, 2014

  • nwnws-gb082014 record corn crop photo 2 Record crop, but low prices worry farmers GREENSBURG — Decatur County farmer David Miers said this year’s corn plants look better than any he has seen in all the 44 years he has raised crops.“The corn crop this year, at this point … best corn crop we’ve ever raised,” he said. “It’s absolutel

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb082014-casey simmons arrest and mug-19 Woman jailed on multiple battery charges GREENSBURG – A Greensburg woman alleged to have threatened to harm a police officer, jail officer and others during an alcohol-induced rage was arrested and jailed over the weekend.Casey Renee Simmons, 22, of the 900 block of West CR 150 North, was a

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Land Zeppelin inventor to kick off crowdfunding campaign GREENSBURG — A local inventor plans to use the power of the people — and the World Wide Web — to secure funds to produce prototypes for the Land Zeppelin, a Zeppelin-shaped apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet.Jim

    August 20, 2014

  • County clerk says she will officiate weddings Greensburg — Newly appointed Decatur County Clerk Adina Roberts will perform marriage ceremonies at the courthouse weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Those interested in being married by Roberts can contact the clerk’s office at 663-8223 or 663-8642.Most

    August 19, 2014

  • Ladies invited to mammogram program fundraiser GREENSBURG – The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County invites area women to be a part of the first “Tee Off ‘Fore’ Ta-Tas” all-female “Goofy” Golf Tournament, to be held at North Branch Golf Course from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. This unique even

    August 19, 2014

  • nws-gb081914 domestic battery photo Man threatened, beat and choked wife GREENSBURG — A Greensburg man has been charged with three felonies related to a domestic battery in which police suspect he choked his wife and threatened to kill her and her son.Justin Embree, 38, of 227 ½ N. Monfort, has been charged with strangula

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman shares story of abusive marriage GREENSBURG – Domestic violence is an ever-growing problem that causes permanent emotional damage and takes many lives each year; one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.Many people believe such problems don’t exist in their c

    August 19, 2014