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Indiana: Support Groups
AACHE (Angola Area Christian Home Educators)
Geographic Area Serving: Northeast Indiana
Description: AACHE exists to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by - Helping new home schooling parents get started; Informing home schoolers about available resources and opportunities; Providing opportunities for home schoolers to encourage one another; Providing group learning opportunities; Informing home schoolers @ pertinent state and federal legislation; Representing the home schooling community in a way that honors Jesus Christ. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Requirements: Subscribe to the newsletter.
Benefits: Participation in activities
Cost: $12

Bloomington Area Christian Homeschoolers (BACH)
Mendy Erwin
Geographic Area Serving: Bloomington and surrounding areas, Indiana
Description: BACH is a Christ-centered support group for Christian homeschooling families in the Bloomington, Indiana community (including Monroe County and the surrounding area). This group is very casual (run solely by volunteers), and we like to focus on having friends for our kids to play with on a regular basis. We are committed to joyfully supporting, assisting and encouraging one another to nurture spiritual, social and academic growth in our children.
Requirements: Please uphold Christian values and use conduct that is pleasing to God when dealing with one another.
Benefits: Members are welcome to attend various "socialization" activities and fun get-togethers with your family. BACH offers various things including (but not limited to) weekly park days, monthly field trips, and monthly moms' meetings/nights out. Members are free to share any ideas for, and/or set up, field trips, play dates, or just time to get together, interact, and fellowship with others who have much in common.
Cost: None

Catholic Homeschoolers of Michiana
Hollie Adamson
(269) 663-2320
Geographic Area Serving: Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan - Greater South Bend area
Description: We have joined together to promote and support Catholic homeschooling. Our goal is to be good Catholic examples to our children and the community and to teach our children to know, love, and serve God and His Holy Church. We support moral and academic learning at home in the context of a wholesome family life and hold our Faith as an integral part of the learning experience.
Requirements: Payment of annual dues is our only requirement.
Benefits: We serves to assist each other in the learning process. We supply this support through our yahoo group listserv, as well as through occasional gatherings for learning and fun, through mutual prayer, and through facilitating individual and interfamily contacts.
Cost: $15 yearly

Classical Foundations for Christ
L. Harris
Geographic Area Serving: northern Morgan County
Description: This is a support and/or discussion group in Indiana Region 6 for homeschooling parents of Elementary children and their families. Workshops, Play dates and / or weekend co-ops for elementary classes are possibilities for our Morgan County area homeschoolers. Joining organizations together such as the local Boy Scout program is another goal as well as needing someone to lead a 4-H unit that supports homeschool northern Morgan County. When registering, please indicate whether you live in region 6 of Indiana and share a little about your location (not specifics - for privacy protection) and the areas of interest and age group of children. Membership is not allowed for solicitation purposes. Members of this group are devout Christians in Central Indiana who are interested in the classical model of education including Latin instruction, classical readings, Trivium framework of education, Charlotte Mason techniques and their combination. Favorite curriculum of families interested in this group might be: Heart of Dakota, My Father's World, Memoria Press, Well Trained Mind, Latina Christiana, Classical Conversations, etc.
Requirements: Members of this group are devout Christians in Central Indiana who are interested in the classical model of education.
Benefits: Our group homepage has links to documents and papers written for workshops I've presented over the years of serving the public and home school families. If you reside outside the geographic area, you may communicate via the group's message board.
Cost: None

Fort Wayne Area Home Schools - FWAHS
Brian & Barb Powers
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Description: FWAHS exits to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by: Helping new home schooling parents get started Informing home schoolers about available resources. Providing opportunities for homeschoolers to meet and encourage one another. Monitoring the legislature and passing along pertinent information to the homeschool network. Encouraging parents to " train up their children in the way they should go" (Prov. 22:6) Encouraging excellence in individual homeschools.
Requirements: Subscription to the Homemade News is required to participate in testing and graduation. All other activities are open to all homeschoolers.
Benefits: FWAHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, hosts an annual resource expo and provides various opportunities for homeschoolers to meet and encourage one another.
Cost: None

Free Your Mind Homeschool Co-op
Amy Hoerner
Geographic Area Serving: South Side of Indianapolis to Franklin, Indiana
Description: We are an inclusive homeschool group that welcomes families from all beliefs and non-beliefs. We have families from all lifestyles and walks of life. We believe our differences are what makes us special and that we can learn from each other. We meet once a week on different days and times depending on the activity. We have classes, field trips, social gatherings and parties. We are a fun group that is always looking to meet new people.
Requirements: We only ask that you enjoy the activities and keep your children supervised. We appreciate all help, but it is not required to join the group.
Benefits: We have planned field trips, group parties, fun classes, and great parental support.
Cost: None

Greater Lafayette Home Educators' Association (GLHEA)
Jeff & Lori Walters
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Lafayette area, Indiana
Description: GLHEA is a Christian organization with Christian leadership. GLHEA exists to provide information for ALL families interested in home education, to facilitate communication among homeschoolers in the area, and to organize specific activities for these homeschoolers.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Discount to a Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership. 6 issues of Home Sweet School newsletter. Educator's discounts to Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks, and JoAnn Fabrics. Joint membership to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Titus 2/ Moms' Night Out Meetings- held during the school year to encourage, educate, and edify the homeschooling moms in this area. A website full of news, updates, classified ads, personal webpages for families, and much more. Group achievement testing. Weekly email updates to keep you abreast of new developments!
Cost: $10 to $20 yearly

Growing Richer As Christ Enables (GRACE)
Jewell Seprodi
Geographic Area Serving: Sullivan, Greene County, Indiana
Description: We are a Christian based support group. We meet each thursday from 1-3pm in Linton, IN.. We have about 40 families involved and we have a gym time, we offer field trips, special classes. We have all ages of children. We also have just started a Co-op that meets on Thurs. mornings at a different location in Linton, IN that has a variety of classes for all ages of children that is separate from the main group but supported.
Requirements: We ask that each member be involved in at least helping with 2 events or activities during the year. You must be a member to receive our monthly newsletter and be able to take part in the various field trips and activities that we offer throughout the year. This does not include the requirements that are expected if you take part in the Co-op that meets weekly for classes in 2 semesters.
Benefits: Monthly newsletter, book- it Pizza Program, ability to be involved in any or all field trips, activities, and classes that we may lead
Cost: $15 yearly

HEART (Home Educators Applying Righteous Truth)
Valerie Martin
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Description: HEART was formed to provide information & support to home schooling families. HEART (Home Educators Applying Righteous Truth) is here to encourage and support the raising of a mighty Christ-like generation of a wise and Godly people. "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." -Deuteronomy 6:7
Requirements: HEART’s Statement of Faith We believe (as FWAHS promotes) in the eternally-existing triune God; man's sinful nature and need for redemption; and Jesus Christ's atoning death and resurrection. We believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and that it is the foundation upon which all education should be based (Jeremiah 10:2, Joshua 1:8, II Timothy 3:16, Colossians 2:8, James 1:5, and Deuteronomy 6:6-9). No denomination or individual doctrine will be promoted.
Benefits: Group activities include such things as monthly meetings, field trips, Mom's and Couples Night Out, a spring play, lending library, swim days, park days, Scholastic Book Club, Pizza Hut "Book It", activities aimed for the whole family, and a web site.
Cost: $10 yearly

Geographic Area Serving: Southern Indiana/Louisville
Description: Heart'n'Home is a homeschool support group for families in the Southern Indiana/Louisville area. Our goal is to support and encourage homeschooling families through our monthly meetings, extra curricular activities and our diverse Heart'n'Home community in Kentuckiana. Our greatest desire is to see each of our member families fully realize the unique plan that God has for their family and delight in following Him in that plan.
Requirements: Be a homeschooling family.
Benefits: Being a member of the Heart'n'Home family means you have access to: Field trips for your children Opportunities for fellowship for the whole family Support for the schooling parents Monthly meetings with engaging and encouraging topics Playgroups for the little ones High school groups for the older ones And more...
Cost: $15 yearly

Home Learning News
Kristi Reddington
Geographic Area Serving: Central Indiana
Description: This is an online group. We do not have formal meetings. It is to provide information to homeschoolers and homelearners about any area activities, events, classes, groups, lessons -anything of benefit or good interest to homeschoolers. We have information about free curriculum and learning aids available online, by mail, or locally. We also like reviews and news of materials that aren't free. We have lesson plan and unit study info. We do our best to answer questions of new homeschoolers. We try to cover all ages and many interests.
Requirements: No requirements other than to follow normal posting and conversation guidelines
Benefits: We only physically get together with each other if it is brought about by members on their own. There are no physical meetings regularly planned or mandatory.
Cost: None

Home School in Southern Indiana and Kentucky
Rita Ann
Geographic Area Serving: Southern Indiana and Kentucky
Description: Home School in Southern Indiana and Kentucky is for home school families in all southern Indiana, and Kentucky, including but not limited to Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Posey County, New Harmony, Mt. Vernon, Newburg, Spencer County, Gibson County, Owensboro and Henderson, Kentucky. We share upcoming events, home school ideas, home schooling teens, laws, conferences, and website relevant to home schooling.
Requirements: There are no formal requirements, though we do require a response form with personal information before acceptance into the support group. This is for the safety and privacy of the other members in the group.
Benefits: Online support from other families 24/7 who know and understand the demands of the home educating lifestyle.
Cost: None

Homeschool HUB
Andrea B.
Geographic Area Serving: Michiana, Northern Indiana & SW Michigan
Description: We are a non-profit organization that provides a communication network for homeschooling families. We are an inclusive group; our goal is to provide opportunities for all homeschoolers to share educational resources and knowledge, and to enjoy each other's company in enriching group activities.
Requirements: We ask members to offer help in any way they feel led to help, whether it is organizing a field trip, class, fundraiser, etc., helping on work days or volunteering in a variety of other ways.
Benefits: Member benefits include such things as: a monthly newsletter; discounts on HUB sponsored events, workshops and activities; advance notice of such events before the entire homeschool community gets notice; use of our lending resource library, and more.
Cost: None

Homeshooling in LaPorte Cty
Danielle Lucas
Geographic Area Serving: Michigan City, Indiana
Description: This is a new support group for home schoolers. We will meet on a weekly basis. Meeting days will be Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. This will be open to all home schoolers and children of any age.
Requirements: Regular attendance is requested but not required.
Benefits: There will be a weekly newsletter as well as planned field trips, arts and crafts, discussion group and other activities!
Cost: $25 yearly to cover supplies

Illiana Homeschool Society
Donna Keeble
Geographic Area Serving: NW Indiana and NE Illinois
Description: We are a group of homeschool families in NW IN and NE IL joining together to promote socialization and education. We welcome ALL families. Families who are currently homeschoolers, after-schoolers, and thinking about homeschooling are all welcome to join.
Requirements: None
Benefits: We exist as an email group with no fees, fundraising, or required meetings. Members can plan or attend activities as suits their interests or needs. We have park days, field trips, archery classes, access to roller skating classes, community service projects, and any other programming a member family would like to initiate. Field trips have included: apple orchard, candy factory, globe factory, Dairy Queen, post office, planetarium, enviro-room, maple syrup festival, and bowling.
Cost: None

Ben Bennett
Geographic Area Serving: State of Indiana
Description: IndianaHomeschoolers is a statewide networking and discussion list. With over 600 subscribers as of 8/04, IndianaHomeschoolers is the largest discussion list of its kind in the state of Indiana. IndianaHomeschoolers is an e-mail list based networking community for all homeschoolers in the state of Indiana. Just thinking about homeschooling? IndianaHomeschoolers is THE place to ask questions and receive support. IndianaHomeschoolers is part of the Indiana Home Educators’ Network Web Project and was created to help link parents who homeschool or are thinking of homeschooling, and provide information about support groups, activities, legal issues, and homeschooling news statewide and nationally. IndianaHomeschoolers is an inclusive, open and professionally managed discussion list, open to parents of any religious belief or none, and any style of homeschooling. All are welcome! Also, check out our exclusive directory of homeschooling resources by county!
Requirements: None
Benefits: Information about support groups, activities, legal issues, and homeschooling news statewide and nationally
Cost: None, Donations accepted

LaPorte County Christian Homeschool Association
Maryanne Garon
Geographic Area Serving: LaPorte/Michigan City, Indiana
Description: LPCCHSA is a nondenominational Christian homeschooling group consisting of families from diverse doctrinal positions. Our purpose is to glorify God as a home educators' support group. Standing together, we will provide support, encouragement, exchange of ideas and resources as we educate our children at home without government intervention, oversight or control. We will also facilitate activities that would otherwise not be practical or possible for individual home educated families in which members may participate at their own discretion.
Requirements: Yearly dues are our only requirement. Participation is at member families' discretion.
Benefits: LPCCHSA has a monthly newsletter, monthly field trips, spelling bee, periodic holiday parties, monthly swim/gym and roller skating. We also sponsor a science fair and many other events throughout the year.
Cost: $15 yearly

Live and Learn Fort Wayne
Susan Penrod
Geographic Area Serving: Fort Wayne & surrounding areas, Indiana
Description: Live and Learn is an inclusive group, welcoming homeschoolers of all schooling styles, ages, and faiths. We value diversity! Support meetings for parents are held once a month; children are welcome. Monthly activities for kids are also held, as are occasional field trips.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support meetings, activities for children, field trips and e-list discussions
Cost: None

South Central Indiana Home Educators (SCIHE)
Geographic Area Serving: Columbus, Indiana
Description: We are an inclusive, Christian group in the Columbus, Indiana, area. This would include the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, & Shelby Counties. We have monthly Moms' Meeting, yearly business meetings (for parents), CHANGE: strings, band, choir, & handbells that meet weekly, and many other educational & fun things for homeschool families.
Requirements: We have a Statement of Faith that you need to agree with and then sign.
Benefits: We have monthly newsletters, a website, and field trips.
Cost: $20 yearly

Sullivan County Christian Home Educators
Jewell Seprodi
Geographic Area Serving: Sullivan County and Surrouding areas
Description: We are a Faith Based Support Group that meets on Thursdays at 2:30- 4pm at Sullivan First Christian Church at "the Gathering Place.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Enrichement classes, Gym Time, Field Trips and Mom's Night out each month. Family Friendly!
Cost: None

The Northside Newsletter
Bernie Haddad
Geographic Area Serving: Indianapolis, Indiana
Description: This is a newsletter for homeschool families in the Indianapolis area. The newsletter is primarily geared towards families on the northside of Indianapolis (Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, etc...) but has information that all can use
Requirements: None
Benefits: The benefits are limitless. Tons of information and it is free.
Cost: None

Wabash Valley Homeschool Association
Barb Palmer
Meg Leader
Geographic Area Serving: Terre Haute, Indiana
Description: We are an eclectic group encompassing very different backgrounds and teaching styles. We meet nearly twice a week (Mondays and Fridays generally) for gym time, some organized activities, group field trips and parties. On one Friday afternoon a month we sponsor homeschool bowling for any homeschooler who wants to come.
Requirements: We have no requirements for membership. Some of our members are active, while others will only come to a couple of activities during the year. We are a secular group and welcome members from all walks of life.
Benefits: In addition to regular activities, we usually have parties for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter. We often go to a pumpkin farm in October and have a science fair and talent show sometime in the spring. Other field trips and activities are planned when there is interest.
Cost: None

Wea Indian Tribe of Indiana
Betty Stuff
Geographic Area Serving: Clinton, Indiana
Description: Our structure is formed as a Traditional Tribe but we are also formed as a non profit corporation. We have a Tribal Council and meet every 4 months for a general meeting and also meet once a year for a tribal gathering of all our members. Chief Stuff sits on the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission that addresses the many concerns of the Indian community in Indiana.
Requirements: Our membership is open to all Wea Indian descendants.
Benefits: Our Tribe supports education of our history, culture and traditions to all concerned parties. We work with the area universities to further Indian education and have held and attended seminars at various colleges, schools K-12 and Universities. We have a tribal newsletter that goes out twice a year. We have recouped our traditional language and have attend language camps. We have an educational packet that is disseminated to area schools and interested parties on our history, culture and traditions. Our website is available for the public to view some of our history and background.
Cost: None