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StepStone Family & Youth Services of Indiana

Proudly providing quality care to youth and families in Indiana for over a decade.

Our primary focus is the safety, stability, and well-being of children and all members of their families. Ideally, these goals can be achieved within the biological or identified family. However, that’s not always the case. When the child’s needs are not being met, he or she needs a foster home to provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment until they can return home, or have a plan for alternate permanency.

Currently, Indiana has approximately 14,000 youth in foster care. There is a constant need for caring, qualified foster homes for these children.  Becoming a foster parent has a strong impact on the youth in care, their biological family, and the community by providing safety and stability and promoting well-being and the opportunity for growth and achievement.

Becoming a foster parent truly does change lives!

Becoming a Foster Parent – What is Required

The list below provides a brief overview of foster requirements:

  • 21+ years of age; Valid drivers license, insurance, & reliable transportation
  • Background checks – criminal, financial, and Dept. of Child Services
  • Environmentally safe home. This includes a minimum of 50 square feet of space and a bed is required for each child.
  • Cannot have anyone in the home with a felony or misdemeanor. (Speak with a licensing specialist to discuss the possibility of a waiver for previous misdemeanor)
  • Additional requirements to be discussed with the licensing team.

Join us in our mission of providing a safe, stable, and caring home for every child in need!

Become a foster parent


Licensing Team

As a Licensed Child Placing Agency, StepStone provides professional support for both foster families and foster youth throughout the licensing process. This support lasts the duration of a youth’s placement, which can be weeks, months, or even years depending on each individual situation.  Click Here for Information

Case Management

Our seasoned case management team provides support to our youth, as well as our families to help them transition into placement successfully and to maximize their functioning while in the foster home. Help is always available when needed. The case management team provides the following services:

  • 24/7 to support the foster youth & family with whom they are placed
  • Individualized, strength-based and trauma-informed case management to help ensure the success of the child and placement
  • Access to our quality community-based services to support the foster youth and his/her/their biological and /or foster families (home-based casework, home-based therapy, and supervised visitation)


Find an office nearest you:

Fort Wayne, Indiana          Indianapolis, Indiana


StepStone is a Partner of the Every Child Indiana Network

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