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The Indiana Adoption Program Blog

What Happens At 18?

What Happens At 18?

For teens in foster care, turning 18 offers a very different reality. They don’t have that safe place to call home. The home most of us can go to when things get hard, or family to call when we need advice. While nothing compares to the forever family every youth deserves, there are resources in place for Indiana teens at risk of “aging out” of foster care.

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Adoption And The Holidays

Adoption And The Holidays

When many people think about the holidays, what comes to mind are all the traditions they’ve had over the years, and the fond memories that accompany them. But for an adopted child, the “most wonderful time of year” sometimes isn’t always so wonderful.
We offer a few tips to help your adopted child feel more at ease this holiday season. Or at the very least, help you feel more prepared in sharing this time of year with someone who might not experience it the same way that you do.

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Being Open to Uncertainty: One Millennial Family’s Story on Taking A Chance on a Teen

Being Open to Uncertainty: One Millennial Family’s Story on Taking A Chance on a Teen

When you think of millennials, what comes to mind? Maybe college students in coffee shops, “digital natives,” or younger people who have a renewed interest in collecting “vintage” items like Polaroid cameras, vinyl records, or needlepoint. But how many of you think of millennials as adoptive parents…to teens? Maricela and Cody — in their 20s themselves — share why they decided to adopt a teen from foster care, and offer some advice for other families.

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As Fate Would Have It: How A Simple Joke Turned Into a Forever Family

As Fate Would Have It: How A Simple Joke Turned Into a Forever Family

When 14-year-old Hannah found out about a boy in school who needed a family, she was eager to tell her parents Todd and Tammy (who happened to be foster parents) all about him. As fate would have it, Tammy was a substitute teacher at the time, and she often had Nayvin in class. In fact, the two had already clicked. Nayvin would even jokingly ask Tammy to adopt him. What started out as a silly joke, though, soon turned into reality.

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Parenting Your Adopted School-Aged Child

Parenting Your Adopted School-Aged Child

It’s that time of year: first day of school pictures are flooding social media and children everywhere are returning to the classroom. For a parent of an adopted child, your excitement might be matched with a little anxiety. Navigating the challenges can be hard, so we put together some tips to help you head into this school year prepared and excited to watch your child grow!

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A Change of Heart That Changed A Life

A Change of Heart That Changed A Life

When Megan and Jeremy first became foster parents, they set some very firm boundaries: Nobody over the age of 10, and ideally someone younger than their biological son. Fast forward to November 2020, when their family finalized their first adoption — of a teenage girl! Their unexpected change of heart changed the life of an Indiana teenager in foster care.

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Reunification Month 2021

Reunification Month 2021

Often, birth parents and foster parents feel as though they’re put in an adversarial position, instead of being encouraged to work together. But in the best scenarios, foster parents serve as a strong source of support for birth parents, and birth parents learn to trust foster families as part of their team. To celebrate Reunification Month, we put together some ways that foster parents can work with birth parents toward reunification!

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