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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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