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Hi all! This is my first time on this board. I have a few questions about fostering in general and specifically in Indiana. My husband is 22 and I am 25. We have researched a little bit and I know we meet the age requirements for fostering in Indiana. What I am wondering is if there is a way to limit what age children you accept. Are you able to be licensed in only certain ages? I feel we would be good foster parents, but with our age, I don't think we would be the appropriate choice for a child over 8 or 9.<br><br>
Also, I have seen that in IN you can register through a private agency or the state. What are the pros/cons of each.<br><br>
Any general foster parenting advice would be great as well....you know answers to those questions you wished you would have asked when you started the process<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The most direct way to get answers that will be appropriate to your area is to attend an informational meeting given by your local Health and Human Services Department, or whatever it is called in your area. These meetings are offered with no obligation, weekly in major metropollitan areas, less often in rural areas. They can tell you all about your state requirements etc.<br><br>
Yes, you can specify what age kids you think you are best suited for, also what sex, disabilities, etc. The more restrictive you are, the longer you might wait for a placement.<br><br>
It may be different in your area, but in my town, the basic level of care kids are handled directly through the state, and "treatment level" kiddos go through private agencies. These kids may have major emotional, developmental, or behavioral, or medical disabilities. The private agencies here also offer informational meetings, and can tell about the children in their program. The private agencies also offer much more support to the families.<br><br>
If I were you, I would inquire at each local agency and at the state office. Compare the different programs, and see what feels like the best fit for you. You could probably get more locally specific information at <a href="http://www.fosterparents.com" target="_blank">www.fosterparents.com</a>, in their forum area. I don't always agree with the folks there philosophically, but they have a bunch of experienced foster parents from all around the country.<br><br>
Best of luck on your journey!
 
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