Indiana Adoption Program is a statewide initiative to find
loving, committed, safe, permanent families
for children in foster care.
Indiana Adoption Program is a statewide initiative to find loving, committed, safe, permanent families for children in foster care. We are a partnership between Children’s Bureau, Inc. and Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), working with Licensed Child Placing Agencies and DCS offices to help match adoptive families and waiting children.
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We often ask the youth in our program to share what family means to them. What do they hope their new family will be like? What would they want prospective families to know? What do they love? What are some of their pet peeves? It turns out that what’s true of most people also holds true for the children and youth in need of adoptive families: ask them questions, be genuinely interested in the answers, and you’ll learn a lot!
Ask anyone who has adopted from foster care about their child, and you’re sure to hear some great things. If they’re honest, they may share some not so great things, too. Just like with biological children, parenting an adopted child can have its ups and downs. Many experienced foster and adoptive parents will tell you that the key to making it through these challenging times is not to focus on changing the child. It might be better to change your definition of success and progress.
Berta, a full-time teacher and foster mom, first met 9-year-old Zoe when Zoe started 3rd grade at Berta’s school. That was the year that Zoe was removed from her home due to neglect. As a foster parent, Berta understood Zoe’s situation – and as a teacher, she was especially aware of the impact that entering foster care could have on Zoe’s education.