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The Adoption Process

Deciding to adopt from foster care is an important decision, and we want you to be as informed as possible. Indiana Adoption Program prepares prospective adoptive parents through family preparation, training courses, and ongoing interaction with adoption consultants who can guide you through the process.

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Training

Resource and Adoptive Parent Training is required of all families wanting to adopt from foster care in Indiana. 

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Home Study

The home study is part of the family preparation process, and is designed to help your social worker learn more about your ability to parent and provide a stable home.

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Recommendation

Upon completion of your training and home study, your agency will present your home study to the Indiana Adoption Council to be considered for Recommendation.

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Matching

If a family is determined to be a good fit for a child, the child will be placed with that family for a minimum of 6 months, before proceeding to finalize the adoption. 

Deciding to adopt from foster care is an important decision, and we want you to be as informed as possible. Indiana Adoption Program prepares prospective adoptive parents through family preparation, training courses, and ongoing interaction with adoption consultants who can answer questions and guide you through the process.

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Training

Resource and Adoptive Parent Training is required of all families wanting to adopt from foster care in Indiana. 

Z

Home Study

The home study is part of the family preparation process, and is designed to help your social worker learn more about your ability to parent and provide a stable home.

Z

Recommendation

Upon completion of your training and home study, your agency will present your home study to the Indiana Adoption Council to be considered for Recommendation.

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Matching

If a family is determined to be a good fit for a child, the child will be placed with that family for a minimum of 6 months, before proceeding to finalize the adoption. 

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Bringing Siblings Back Together

Bringing Siblings Back Together

As a fifth-grade teacher, Melissa Lafever always kept a close eye on a student named Gina, whose mother had passed away. Melissa knew Gina was being placed into foster care as a result — but what Melissa didn’t know was how much she would be impacted by the news. Melissa and her husband Shawn started the adoption process and welcomed Gina into their family in 2019. This year, the Lafever family also welcomed Gina’s brother Dean into the family too.

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Adoption from the Rearview Mirror: A Family Reflects, 10 Years Later

Adoption from the Rearview Mirror: A Family Reflects, 10 Years Later

When we first talked with Joel and Deborah in 2015, they shared their “all-in” approach to parenting. Some of that is just their philosophy of life – if you’re going to do it, do it all the way, with all your heart. But, some of the “all-in”-ness was out of necessity: “We were all-in from the moment we met [our boys]. We were learning them and they were learning us. We had to learn real quick,” laughs Joel. It’s been 10 years since the boys’ adoptions were finalized, and the family doesn’t think much about labels like “adopted” or “biological.” They’re just family – one that’s doing a lot of living and laughing (and yes, still learning) along the way.

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Why We Focus on Youth Voices

Why We Focus on Youth Voices

While we focus on celebrating adoption during National Adoption Month, it’s also important to hear what young people in foster care are saying about what they need in a family, what they want, what’s most important to them. Encouraging youth to have a voice in their permanency planning is empowering and keeps the focus where it should be: on what is in the child’s best interests.

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