Building a stronger community

In the Spring of 2019, our founder, Jasmine Bankhead, was faced with the difficult decision to either provide care for a family member or allow that family member to enter foster care. She ultimately chose to seek guardianship of her family member to prevent the child’s displacement from the family. This process reminded her of the countless similar situations she encountered during her work with the Chicago Public Schools. This situation ignited a flame in her to again advocate and stand in the gap for those who cannot advocate for themselves, especially the youth. As such, she began the process of licensing Intrinsic Home Care as a Child Placement Agency within the State of Indiana.

So, in the summer of 2020, Intrinsic Home Care was licensed by the Indiana Department of Child Services as a Child Placement Agency. This allows us to better support the needs of the community by expanding our services to include licensing traditional and therapeutic foster care homes and supervising out of home placements through case management services.

We are continuously creating new resources and developing innovative solutions to meet the needs of each family and child, and always searching for people in the community to provide loving, nurturing, and healing homes to abused and abandoned children.

If you are considering opening your home and heart to a child through foster care in Crown Point, Indiana, we are here to guide you through the process.

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Our mission is to provide exceptional home and community-based services to foster each child’s abilities to achieve and sustain their highest potential for development, physically, socially, and emotionally, in this world.


Our vision is to transform the community to be one that embraces its most vulnerable members, ensuring each of our clients will experience hope and healing for a healthy, successful life.


Jasmine Bankhead

Jasmine C. Bankhead, Ed.D. – Chief Executive Officer

Our founder, Jasmine Bankhead, has over 20 years of experience in educational leadership, organizational development, community engagement, staff development, and influencing systematic change. She is the President and CEO of Intrinsic Home Care, a full-service home and community-based services organization that serves both Illinois and Indiana. As President and CEO, Jasmine is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to execute the priorities of the organization and ensure the fidelity of program operations.

Jasmine holds a Doctorate of Education with a focus in Organizational Leadership, Master,s degrees in Human Resource Management & Development, Teaching, Administration, and Supervision, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is an active board member in several community-based organizations, including The Chicago Urban League,s IMPACT Alumni Association, ELIHU Nation, and Next Level University.

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Kynesha Swain – Chief Operating Officer

Kynesha Swain joined the Intrinsic Home Care, Inc. team on January 3, 2022, as the Chief Operating Officer and brought a wealth of experience with her. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1998 in Community Health and currently holds two Master’s Degrees from Indiana State University. In 2000, she was awarded a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) and in 2005, received her second Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development.

Since 2000, Ms. Swain has been employed with Early Intervention, the State of Indiana, and non-profit management, and has worked in various positions in the fields of social services, human resources, and executive leadership. This includes experience in investigations, strategic planning, corporate compliance, regulatory decisions, organizational change, and project management. In her most current role as COO at a non-profit agency, Ms. Swain successfully built and led a strong, cohesive team of directors, and for many years, she guided organizational change.

Ms. Swain is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and sits on a non-profit board of directors.

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