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Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Adoption  > Adoption Awareness Calendar Adoption Awareness Calendar

The Indiana Adoption Program is a statewide initiative to find forever families for Indiana’s foster children. There are 18 Adoption Champions (ACs) located throughout Indiana to help inform the community of the need for adoptive homes and to help identify families for waiting children. There are three types of events offered to the various regions—Adoption Educational Events, Adoption PR Events, and National Adoption Day Events. All events below are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. At each event, the ACs discuss the need for adoption, the type of children waiting to be adopted, special needs of the adoptive children, and the adoption process. Educational Events provide information and materials in hope of recruiting forever families. Adoption PR events are typically located at community festivals or gatherings. National Adoption Day Events take place in November (National Adoption Month). They recognize and celebrate the families and children who have come together through adoption, as well as create a greater awareness about the need for adoptive families in Indiana.

See map of region and SNAP Specialist listings.

If you have any questions about the events or would like to know how to become more involved, please contact Anna Wolak at 317-545-5281 (Ext. 229) or email awolak@childrensbureau.org.

The events we have scheduled include: 

April

Adoption PR Event
Boys & Girls Club of Porter County
354 W Jefferson St.
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Saturday, April 19, 10am-2 pm CST
Porter County

Adoption PR Event
Hope for Families Family Building Fair
Fountains Banquet and Catering Center
502 E. Carmel Drive
Carmel IN 46032
April 24, 2014, 6pm-9pm
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Healthy Kids Day Event
Kosciusko County YMCA
1401 E. Smith St.
Warsaw, IN 46580
April 26, 2014  10am-1pm
Kosciusko County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Booker T. Washington Center
1101 S. 13th St.
Saturday, April 26, 1-3 pm
Terre Haute, IN 47804
Vigo County

Adoption Educational Event
Eastside Christian Church
2319 Veterans Parkway
Jeffersonville,  In 47130
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:30 pm EST
Clark County

Adoption Education Event
Anderson Public Library, Delaware Room
111 E. 12th Street
Anderson, IN 46016
April 29, 2014, 6-7pm EST
Madison County

May

Adoption PR Event
The Children’s Museum
Target Free Family Night
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN  46208
Thursday, May 1, 4-7:30 pm
Marion County

Adoption Educational and PR Event
Annual Women’s Morning Glory Day Of Pampering                                        
Southeast Multi-Service Center
901 S. Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN  46203
Saturday, May 3, 10am-3pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Mom's Night Out
Tippecanoe Mall
2415 Sagamore Parkway South
Lafayette, IN 47905
Thursday, May 8, 5:30-8 pm
Tippecanoe County

Adoption PR Event
Southport Street Fair
6901 Derbyshire Road
Southport, IN  46227
Saturday, May 10, 11am-5pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Family Earth Day Celebration
Wayne County Fairgrounds
861 Salisbury Rd.
Richmond, IN 47374
Saturday, May 10, 10am-2pm
Wayne County

Adoption PR Event
Mosey Down Main Street
Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette, IN
Saturday, May 10, 6 pm-Midnight
Tippecanoe County

Adoption PR Event
Arcadia May Festival
Downtown Arcadia
Arcadia, Indiana
May 17 & 18, 2014, 8am-4pm
Hamilton County

Adoption Educational Event
Geminus Lake County Vendor Fair
Avalon Manor
3550 East US Route 30
Merrillville IN 46410
May 21, 2014
9am-2pm
Lake County

June

Adoption PR Event
The Children’s Museum
Target Free Family Night
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN  46208
Thursday, June 5, 4-7:30pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Marion County Fair
7300 E. Troy Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46219
June 20 – June 29
Fridays: 5–11pm
Saturdays: 10am–1pm
Sundays:  10am-10pm
Mon – Thur: 5–10pm
Marion County

July

Adoption PR Event
The Children’s Museum
Target Free Family Night
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN  46208
Thursday, July 3, 4-7:30pm
Marion County