Recommended Family Forums are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and are intended to be a time of education, constructive dialogue, and support. Occasionally, topics of particular interest to families may also be discussed during a lunch hour forum.
All Recommended families will receive an email inviting them to register for upcoming Forums. Upon completing registration, the family will receive an email with the virtual GoTo Meeting link needed to access the meeting. If you are not Recommended with Indiana Adoption Program, but have recently adopted or are in the process of finalizing an adoption and would like to participate, please email your request to your local adoption consultant.
Although we try to make the adoption process as transparent as possible, we know it’s not always the easiest thing to make sense of. There are a lot of variables, a lot of people involved, and a lot of things that can change the anticipated timeline. And while we would love to dig into the ins and outs of this process – especially what happens to your specific inquiry after you’ve inquired on a waiting child – the truth is, there’s no single definitive answer for most of the process-y questions families have. The process can vary by county, and can even vary by the team involved. Additionally, the process a team may follow for one child might differ for another child.
So what do you do while you’re waiting, other than get used to waiting? No, we’re not going to suggest that you take up underwater basket weaving (unless, of course, that’s the activity that you find both calming and distracting). But we may suggest that you find some calming and potentially distracting activities so that you don’t spend all your time refreshing the website and checking your email for word from your Consultant.
We’ll talk about the best things families can do while they wait – and the things that families do that are really not productive at all. We’ll dig into how to identify your parenting style, and evaluate whether your style honestly will work with the needs of the child you’re interested in. Of course, we’re going to talk about what families really need to understand about trauma, and what kind of additional education parents can get while they’re waiting to hear about an interview – and this is the kind of training that every parent can benefit from, regardless of the child you adopt. (We’ll even point you in the right direction and give you some links for that training!)