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What is Indiana Adoption Program?

We are a statewide initiative to find committed loving, stable permanent families for waiting children and youth in foster care. Because belonging matters, and no one is ever too old for family.

Who can adopt?

There are many myths about who can adopt from foster care. The truth is: You don’t have to be married, a homeowner, of a particular sexual orientation, wealthy, or already a parent. 

What do I have to do?

In order to adopt from foster care in Indiana, you will need to take at least 16 hours of training and CPR/First Aid, complete a home study assessment and become licensed. 

Who are Indiana's waiting children?

Nearly all youth in Indiana Adoption Program are between 11-16, and the majority are male. Many are part of sibling groups. The youth are of varying backgrounds and cultures, and need families that share their heritage and beliefs. All have come from hard places, and they all need parents who can support them in overcoming life’s challenges.

The Latest from the Indiana Adoption Program Blog

Adopting Alone: Thoughts on Adopting as a Single Parent

Adopting Alone: Thoughts on Adopting as a Single Parent

Embarking on an adoption journey is daunting, especially as a single parent. You may wonder, “Can I do this on my own?” “Will I be able to handle a child’s schedule and needs on my own?” “Who will help support me?” The good news is that, of course, you are not alone – lots of people adopt as single parents! There are plenty of resources and supports available for single parents – it may just take a little bit of time to find them. (But they’re out there, we promise!)

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Permanency is a Process: Transitioning a Child From Your Home

Permanency is a Process: Transitioning a Child From Your Home

We previously wrote about things to consider when you’re transitioning a child to your home as a pre-adoptive placement. But, there’s also another perspective on transitions – when you’re transitioning a child from your home into what will be their adoptive family. That process can bring with it as many questions as if you’re bringing a child into your family, but sometimes, the families who have been fostering the child don’t get as much attention or support because they’re “just” foster parents.

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Trailblazing the Transition of Going Back to School

Trailblazing the Transition of Going Back to School

The transition from summer to school isn’t easy for most kids (who really wants to say goodbye to summer?!), but for children who have experienced trauma, this transition can be especially fraught. As a parent, you’ve probably got some anxieties about your child’s ability to transition back into a school setting. We’d like to offer some tools to navigate this transition and advocate for adoption sensitivity.

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