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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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Navigating The Bumpy Road: Honest Reflections On Adopting From Foster Care

Navigating The Bumpy Road: Honest Reflections On Adopting From Foster Care

Adoptive parents Shelly and Michelle are the first to acknowledge that adopting siblings from foster care hasn’t always been an easy road. At times, the couple felt like they were being pushed to their limits, but now they consider those experiences as preparing them to be the best parents possible for Matthew and Alex.

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Rolling With The Punches

Rolling With The Punches

When Rachel and Kevin got married, they always envisioned children in their future. But they quickly learned that Rachel’s health concerns would make it nearly impossible for them to have children of their own. Fortunately, they knew there was a great need for foster and adoptive families, so Rachel and Kevin decided to get licensed as foster parents. What they couldn’t anticipate, though, was how drastically their lives would change after adopting a child who had a traumatic brain injury.

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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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