September 2013
 news and notes

Every Family Matters

At Family Ark, we truly believe that every family matters. All of our staff and members of our Board are committed to providing quality programs and services that promote positive change in the lives of children and families in Southern Indiana. We couldn't do the important work we do without the ongoing support of community partners, volunteers and donors. Together, we are strengthening families to create a healthy community!
Have You Thought About Becoming a Foster Parent?

If you've thought about becoming a foster parent, Family Ark would like to talk with you! Family Ark is looking for foster parents to help children (birth to age 18) who have experienced abuse, neglect or other trauma. 


Ideally, foster parents have these qualities:  

  • Patience
  • Dedication
  • Compassion
  • Stable home environment
  • Unconditional loving heart  
  • Sense of humor
  • Healthy balanced outlook on life  

Call (812) 282-8479 to find out more!

Free Information Meeting for Potential Foster Parents 
Family Ark will host a free information meeting on Tuesday, October 29th for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent. The information meeting is from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Lodge on the Family Ark campus at 101 Noah's Lane, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Light snacks will be provided. Come and find out the steps and requirements to becoming a foster parent! Call (812) 282-8479 to register or for questions.   
Sharing Our Story
Recently, one of our case managers shared a story with us about a happy moment she experienced with a child in our care. This child is an eight-year old, nonverbal with severe autism. She and another case manager from a different agency were challenged with communication with the child. They decided to try a very hands-on approach...dumping piles of whipped topping on tables. The child loved the feel of it on his hands. The case managers then used food coloring to make different parts of the whipped topping  different colors. Using corresponding cards with the same colors, the child began to choose which card matched the color of the topping. He said a muffled "red" several times. The child picked up a juice card and pointed to a Capri Sun purposely placed on the counter. This day was a breakthrough moment for the child and for our case manager who was ecstatic that communication was happening! Further plans for hands-on activities are in the works to ensure that this child experiences continued successes!
Family Ark at Harvest Homecoming  
Harvest Homecoming in New Albany, Indiana is a fall festival that has been thriving and growing for 46 years and this year, Family Ark will be there! According to the Harvest Homecoming website, the festival was conceived as a means of bringing the people of Southern Indiana together to share in its wealth of talent, historic background, and beauty. This year's event kicks off on October 5th and runs through October 13th. Display booths will open on Thursday, October 10th. Come and find us at the Family Ark booth! To learn more about Harvest Homecoming, go to  
2013-14 Annual Fund Campaign Kickoff!
We're very excited to announce our 2013-14 Annual Fund Campaign kickoff for October 23, 2013! This year's fundraising goal of $25,000 will be used to support foster care and home based programs. Give generously to support critical services for neglected and abused children in Southern Indiana. Look for your donation request in the mail at the end of October!
New Family Ark Brochure

Family Ark has a brand new brochure that shares the details about our history, programs, and other great information! Click here to read!

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