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.
In existence since 1851, Children’s Bureau, Inc. is a private nonprofit dedicated to preserving families and protecting the future of Indiana’s children. Children’s Bureau offers an array of services to Indiana families and children, including empowering families with professional support and community resources; working with families who find themselves in 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.
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. Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, the Foundation 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.
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 Indiana’s Department of Child Services 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.
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.