Ivy Tech Community College and Dockside Services partner to offer professional foster parenting program

MERRILVILLE – Dockside Services, Inc., a leading provider of foster care systems, will be offering a Professional Foster Parenting Program in conjunction with Ivy Tech Community College, a 23 campus community college system that serves as Indiana’s workforce development engine.  The Professional Foster Parenting Program is a unique educational training program to help develop dedicated, knowledgeable, caring and proficient foster parents for high risk children.  Foster parents are also offered health care insurance, tuition reimbursement and cell phone reimbursement.

“Children in foster care need devoted and skilled foster parents to help them face difficult challenges on a daily basis,” said Elena Dwyre, State Executive Director for Dockside.  “The parents who care for these high risk children must be provided with the tools to successfully accomplish their jobs.  We also believe in treating our foster parents as professionals, giving them the support they need to excel, and holding them to the highest standards of practice, as we would our own employees.”

The Professional Foster Parenting Program takes a multifaceted approach to foster care, by increasing the knowledge and expectations of the foster parents and by increasing the amount and nature of support and contact by staff.  Professional Foster Parents with Dockside receive specialized training in working with juvenile sex offenders, working with victims of sexual abuse, reactive attachment disorder, conduct disorder, working with biological family members and medication management.  Foster parents are expected to be involved in weekly staff meetings regarding the child in their care, and a conference call number is made available to the team of professionals assigned to the child so they may call in if they are unable to attend in person.

About Ivy Tech Community College:

Ivy Tech Community College is the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with more than 110,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

About Dockside Services, Inc.

Dockside Services, Inc., a leading provider of foster care systems, was established in Indiana in 1999 with a simple stated mission: to bring care closer to home. To this end, Dockside works with children and families using a team approach and all services are provided in the home, school and community environment.  Dockside is certified as a Medicaid provider by the Department of Health and Human Services in the State of Indiana and certified by the state as an Addiction Services Provider.

Dockside Services and A to Z In-Home Tutoring, a Tennessee based company that offers tailored one-on-one tutoring in the comfort and convenience of the client’s home, are affiliates of Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC).


Contact Elena Dwyre, State Executive Director at (219) 688-9712 edwyre@provcorp.com;

 Angela Comsa, Deputy Director at (219) 736 – 4817 acomsa@docksidecorp.com;

 State Foster Care Director Sandy Rezmer at (219) 736 – 4817 srezmer@docksidecorp.com

Toll-Free at 1-877-2DOCKSIDE.

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