Serve Children in Foster Care - Central Indiana

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. Kids 12+ are welcome to serve with a parent.
 
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 Fall Creek Church (8901 Fall Creek Road), Indianapolis, IN  from 5:45pm-8:15pm. The other fourth Tuesday will be held at the Department of Child Services Office (2629 Waterfront Parkway East Drive), Indianapolis, IN  from 5:45pm-8:15pm. 

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Bridge Bags
Provide a "Bridge Bag" 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 "Bridge Bag" will include:
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Toiletries: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo
Donate towards Bridge Bag

If your church or organization is interested in putting together toiletry bags for the Bridge Bags please contact us at info@handsofhopein.org.
 
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

 
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.