Indiana Adoption Program works with many different organizations to raise awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. We encourage you to visit these organizations’ websites to learn more about how they assist Indiana and other states with finding a home for all waiting children.
Firefly Children and Family Alliance is dedicated to giving children and adults the chance to succeed and create stronger communities. We offer an array of child and family-oriented services, including empowering families with professional support and community resources; working with families who find themselves involved the child welfare system; recruiting and strengthening foster and adoptive homes; and mentoring older youth transitioning from foster care to independent living.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway publishes a wide variety of adoption fact sheets, many of which are free or very inexpensive. It also provides information about state and federal adoption laws, and tracks upcoming adoption conferences. CWIG’s website includes a searchable collection of adoption-related articles and report abstracts, as well as a directory of more than 5,700 public and private adoption agencies, support groups, and government officials.
AdoptUSKids educates families about foster care and adoption and gives child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. They also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photolisting service that connects waiting children with families. AdoptUSKids works to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system.
Lifeline Youth & Family Services provides adoption and guardianship support services in the state of Indiana. Families adopting or becoming guardians of a child through DCS receive support intended to ensure the success of the placement and eventual adoption. Families who have already adopted / already have guardianship can participate in post-adoption services to maintain stability of their family.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family. They offer information and resources, and host a national conference each year for current and prospective adoptive families.
Indiana Kids Belong (IKB), a State Chapter of America’s Kids Belong, is a nonprofit devoted to dramatically improving the experience and outcomes for Indiana’s children and youth in foster care. IKB partners with IAP to create high-quality recruitment videos for kids in Indiana’s foster care system who are legally free for adoption. They also work with businesses and the faith community to raise awareness and serve kids and families in Indiana’s foster care system.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers, provides free resources about foster care adoption, and raises awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements and events. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids provides grants to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who use an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care.
Indiana Adoption Program has partnered with WNDU in South Bend, IN to feature a child waiting to be adopted from foster care each week. The “Wednesday’s Child” segments air on Wednesday evenings, and can also be found on the WNDU website.
Grant Me Hope produces one- and two-minute videos of foster children who are available for adoption. These videos are aired during the newscasts of partnering television stations and on social media to allow the children to introduce themselves to thousands of potential families.
Indiana Adoption Program partners with WTHI in Terre Haute, IN to feature a child waiting to be adopted from foster care during a biweekly segment. The “Finding Family” segments can be found on the WTHI website and are also aired on Thursday evenings.
Indiana Adoption Program partners with WPTA-21 in Fort Wayne, IN to feature children waiting to be adopted from foster care. The segments air on Sundays, and can also be found on the WPTA-21 website.