Merrillville, IN – CHOICES Team of Northern Indiana

CHOICES Team of Northern Indiana ( ) hosted a Provider Forum.  Lauren Peterson, Merrillville, IN Regional Manager, participated as a panel member to represent foster care.  Other panel members represented residential, day treatment, home based services, a foster parent, and Jane Bisbee, the Director of Indiana Department of Child Services Region One.  The focus of the panel was on the initiative “Safely Home, Family First”.  A series of questions were poised and responded to by the panel as well as questions taken from the audience.  A variety of agencies were represented by the audience as well.  Jane Bisbee reported that over the past 6 years the number of children in residential care has decreased by 48% in Region One.