Indiana Adoption Information

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Adopting in Indiana

Families you wish to adopt in Indiana can get information from the Indiana Department of Child Services and licensed child-placing agencies. Families who plan to adopt their stepchildren, grand children, or nieces and nephews can do a direct placement from the child's parents. The state of Indiana requires all others to use the County Office of Family and Children (OCF) or a licensed child-placing agency to facilitate the adoption.

Children who are a ward of (OFC) are available for adoption. The adoption process includes education for the adoptive parents, selecting an adoption agency, parenting classes, family preparations process (includes preparing the home study), searching for your child, having the child placed in your home, filing a petition to adopt, and finalizing the adoption.

The OFC works with the Indiana Adoption Program to find homes for waiting children. Families can also find private adoption agencies. Families will need to choose an agency and begin the process. They will need to need to fill out an application and submit it to the agency. Applications may vary depending on the agency. Agencies will request information about your family and the type of child you are want to adopt, in addition to your contact information.

Agencies require the adoptive parents to attend training. This training helps the potential parents learn about issues that arise during and after adoption. Parents learn about disabilities that the children may have. Some families choose to adopt a child of a race that is different than their own. The classes help families learn about different cultures and how to best handle the transition of having a child of a different race placed in your family.

A Family Preparation Assessment, also called a Home Study is required. Public agencies may not requirement payment for the home study that they do. However, other agencies will charge a fee. A social worker will meet with the adoptive family to learn more about them and their home. They will write a home study report based on their meeting with the adoptive family and on the following additional required documents: birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, death certificate of spouse, finalization of previous adoption decrees, and child abuse and criminal record clearances. Adoptive families will need to verify their income, get a statement of health from their doctor, get fingerprinted, and provide references.

Families can search for children available for adoption through the Indiana Adoption Program. They have a picture book that can be requested. The picture book has pictures of children who are looking for an adoptive home. It's important to remember that the adoption process can take some time. Some children may get placed with another family, while you are still working on your home study. While, the picture book is great to find a child, the adoptive family cannot pursue a specific child until they have completed all the required paperwork.

It's important to remember that there are children all over the world who need homes. Your child may be found in a different state or even a different country.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Indiana.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Indiana in the listing below, provided as a service of

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Indiana

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Children Waiting for Adoption in Indiana

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Indiana who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, Indiana does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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Wanda - 50 years ago. - 10 months ago
I gave birth to a baby 12/9/1966. He or she was adopted right away so I never got to see or hold the baby. Is there any way I could contact the adoption parents? I am now 70 years old and would love to see the baby before I die. I pray all the time that I will. The baby was born at The Lutheran hospital. #1
kaitlyne - 2 years ago
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I'm searching for my biological grandparents or any family related. They put my mom up for adoption when she was born 08/25/1968 somewhere close to fort Wayne Indiana. Please if anyone has info or could help me email me xxxx asap. Please help me I know she was adopted at 3 months of age #2
Karen - 3 years ago
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On April 13, 1977 I gave my son up for adoption as I was unmarried and only 16 years old. I was at St. Elizabeths home for unwed mothers and gave birth at St. Vincent's hospital in Indianapolis, IN. I named him Jason Mathew Peters. He would be 36 going on 37. I would love to know him. #3
Gina - 11 months ago
I'm looking for my brother, unaware of his adoption. Same father different mom. Avery Matthew Cox, would be 15 this August. Born in Bloomington, In. #4
Gwen Koppers - 2 years ago
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I am looking for a brother that my mother had given birth to in November of 1967 in Hammond IN. The only information that is given to was that the mother was not a happy per during this period in her life. I would love to hear from you and get to know a brother that was never given a chance to get to know his younger siblings. Feel free to contact me at xxxx I will contact you in return. I would love to hear from you. Gwen #5
mona kyser steele - 4 years ago
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i am looking for my son that was born may 31 1974. i named him. daniel ray kyser. i really miss him a lot. and i would like for him to know.he has two sisters. he dont know bout as far as i know of. one was born in 1976 and the other sister was born in 1996. i have never forgotten my son and would like to find him . i have been looking for him all these yrs. will always love u daniel . your birth mother mona #6
Barb - 1 year ago
I am looking for the birth parent of a friend of mine who was adopted in Indiana.Boy born 5-26-1960, Brian is his first name. Not sure of biological last name but could be Richardson. #7
Guest - 2 years ago
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Im looking for my niece Ava.. shes 3yrs old. We were unaware that she hasbeen taken from her mother.. #8
Audrey - 2 years ago
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Looking for my birth mother. I'm 18, female, and was born on October, 24 1996. I was born at the Bloomington Hospital in Indiana. I wanted to connect with her. All I know is her first name is Michelle. #9
Tanna - 3 years ago
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ISO for girl born Jan 4th or 5th 1990...Indiana, hospital clark county..birth mother is Lisa. Teen is 15 yrs old now. Would love to connect with her and she has two siblings would love for her to reconnect with. #10
Diane - 3 years ago
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My son was born June 13, 1982 at Southwest Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, IN. I gave him up because I was only 16 years old. I feel a connection with him and would love to locate him. Please contact me at xxxx. #11
my name is Tracie Reeves - 3 years ago
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My mother got my brother took by the state Indiana in 1997o1998 she named him jamel reeves at the time if any one knows him ....I want to know him #12
Carrie - 4 years ago
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On December 31, 1969, my mother had a son that she named Michael Martin. She had been living in a home for unwed mothers in Indiana at the time. Because of her situation, she had no choice but to give him up for adoption. 3 years later, she was married to my father and had me. It has always bothered her. Every year on his birthday, she would lock herself in her room, and I was never told why until I was in high school. I was excited to learn that I had a brother, as I am otherwise an only child. If he would rather not come forward, I understand, but I do want him to know that he has a sister and a nephew. Thank you, Carrie Roberts-Bretz #13
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