Serve Children in Foster Care

Hands of Hope provides opportunities to serve as an individual, with a group, church, or business. Below are some of the opportunities. Please contact us if you have further questions.
 
Volunteer with Children
Serve and love children in foster care while the foster care parents receive much needed training, encouragement, and support. Below are three locations in the greater Indianapolis area.
 
The second Tuesday of every month there is a training and support group held at Hamilton Hills Baptist Church (10293 E 126th St), Fishers, IN from 5:45pm-8:15pm.

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The second Thursday of every month there is a training and support group held at Trinity Park United Methodist Church (207 W Park Ave), Greenfield, IN  from 5:45pm-8:15pm.

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 The fourth Tuesday of every month there is a training and support group held at South Meridian Church of God (2402 Meridian St), Anderson, IN from 5:45pm-8:15pm. 

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 The fourth Tuesday of every other month there is a training and support group held at New Era Church (517 30th Street), Indianapolis, IN  from 5:45pm-8:15pm. The fourth Thursday of every other month the training will be held at New Beginnings Assembly of God (3744 S Lynhurst Dr), Indianapolis, IN  from 5:45pm-8:15pm. 

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Bags for Hope
Provide a "Bag for Hope" to a child entering the foster care system. When a child is removed from their home they are given trash bags for their personal items, we can help change this for some of our children in Indiana. Each "Bag for Hope" will include:
  • New duffel bag
  • Toiletries: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo
Donate towards Bag for Hope

If your church or organization is interested in putting together toiletry bags for the Bags for Hope please contact us at info@handsofhopein.org.
 
Sort Clothes - Kingdom's Kloset
Children when they enter foster care often come with the clothes on their back. Help sort clothes at Carmel Self Store 550 West Carmel Driver Carmel, IN 46032.

These are delivered to foster parents and Safe Family host families when children are first placed.

Sign up to Sort
 
Supplies for Kids in Foster Care
Supplies are needed to distribute to kids in foster care and to equip DCS offices to create a friendly environment when children first enter care. If you would like to contribute please purchase something from the Amazon wish list. It will get sent directly to our Foster Care Director who will ensure it gets distributed to benefit children in foster care.

Amazon Wish List for Indiana Foster Kids
 
Support Department of Child Services
Outcomes for children in foster care have been shown to be closely related to turnover rate in Department of Child Services. Help support these community workers, who have very difficult jobs, by providing a meal to the staff in Hamilton County on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Those who sign up will be sent a meal sign-up genius where you can sign up each month for whatever food item you can provide. They are dropped off ahead of time to the Hands of Hope County Liaison.

Help with Meals
 
Chaperone Events
Hands of Hope seeks to connect with a consistent group of children multiple times a year even if they move homes. These fun events, such as sports games, camp, or fun outings, provide an additional adult role model and encouragement for these children. For those who reside in the Indianapolis area, you could be that meaningful influence in a child's life!

If you are interested in being a Foster Care Child Chaperone please contact us.
Guardian Ad Litem/CASA
Become a Guardian Ad Litem
Guardian Ad Litems (GAL) or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteers play a critical role in protecting and helping children. GAL/CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children in courtrooms or communities. The time commitment varies depending on the case.

If you are interested in being a Guardian Ad Litem or CASA please contact us.