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August 7, 2018

Family First Partners with Department of Child Services in Indiana, Florida to Raise Foster and Adoption Awareness

INDIANAPOLIS (August 7, 2018) – The Department of Child Services (DCS) and former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy will kick off a new partnership with All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of Family First, to help raise awareness and recruit foster families across the state.

“The safety and wellbeing of Indiana’s children depends on the willingness and support of our entire community,” DCS director Terry Stigdon said. “We as an agency are grateful for this partnership with Coach Dungy to help find even more people who want to offer the extraordinary gift of being a foster parent for the thousands of children who can no longer live in their own home.”

Dungy serves as the national spokesperson for All Pro Dad which promotes fathers being actively engaged in their children’s lives. This new partnership with All Pro Dad will help DCS find safe and loving homes for our most vulnerable children. To spread awareness, the campaign’s statewide effort will include TV and radio PSAs, digital advertising, billboard and targeted events across Indiana. The campaign is supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

“As parents of seven adopted children, my wife and I know there is no greater joy than connecting children with loving families,” Dungy said. “Indiana is a special place for my family. We are thankful for the support from the DCS as we embark on a mission to help all Indiana fathers become All Pro Dads.”

Parents interested in learning more about foster care or adoption can download “The 4 Joys of Foster Parenting” and “Overcoming the 6 Fears of Foster Parenting” at AllProDad.com/care. Protecting our children, families and future.

To find out more information on how you can change the life of a child and become a foster parent please visit: AllProDad.com/care or call 1-833-4IN-KIDS (446-5437).

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About Indiana DCS: The Indiana Department of Child Services protects children from abuse and neglect and works to ensure their financial support. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800.800.5556. Child Support Customer Service Kidsline: 800.840.8757 or 317.233.5437. www.in.gov/dcs

About Family First: Family First is a national nonprofit organization that reaches thousands of parents each day through its three primary programs: All Pro Dad, AllProDad.com; iMOM, iMOM.com; and the Family Minute with Mark Merrill, FamilyMinute.com.

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