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Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Contact Us > Local DCS Offices > Lake Lake

661 Broadway
Gary, IN 46402-2407

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Region: 1
Regional Manager: Richard (Rich) Ban
Local Office Director: Richard (Rich) Ban
Telephone Number: 219-881-6944
Northside Fax: 219-881-2142
Southside Fax: 219-881-5859
Administrative Fax: 219-881-2013
Office Hours: 8AM-4:30PM, Central Time Zone

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1 800 800-5556
Hotline Hours
: 24 Hours 

Spotlight on Lake County

Ricky Decker

On Friday, May 23, 2014 the Lake County DCS recognized area foster parents with the 3rd Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Night Dinner in Merrillville, Indiana.  In attendance was an audience of more than 150 DCS foster parents, Court Appointed Special Advocates and DCS staff. One guest speaker was Ricky Decker, a former ward who just graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Ricky shared his story. How he had been through several foster homes before a school friend’s family became licensed specifically for him.

Rick stated this (living with his friend’s family who became licensed) was the best thing for him. He still calls them “Mom and Dad” and spends holidays with them. Through their support, he was able to spend six weeks in Spain as a foreign exchange student his senior year at Munster High. Their support also enabled him to enter the Marines, and get his degree from Purdue.

Ricky hopes to work for DCS in the future because of his own experiences.

Lake County DCS would also like to thank Supervisor Cassandra Ramsey-Cannon and the Licensing Staff who worked tirelessly to arrange another successful Foster Parent Appreciation Night Dinner. Great job to all!