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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. 136) or email awolak@childrensbureau.org.

The events we have scheduled include:   

September

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Avon Farmer's Market
Hendricks Regional Health
South Parking Lot
8844 E. US Hwy 36
Avon, IN 46123
Tues., Sept. 1,  4pm-7pm
Hendricks County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
First Thursday DWNTWN
Kids Peace
309 S. Walnut Street
Muncie, IN  47305
Thurs., Sept. 3, 5-8pm EST
Delaware County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Latino Festival
Huntingburg Old Town Hall
Huntingburg, IN
Sat., Sept. 5, 10am-3pm
Dubois County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Adoption Info Booth
Morrisson-Reeves Library
80 N. 6th St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Wed., Sept. 9, 10am-12pm
Wayne County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Jeffersonville Public Library
211 E. Court Ave.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Wed., Sept. 9, 6pm-7:30pm EST
Clark County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Paoli Fall Festival
Town Square
Paoli, IN
Fri., Sept. 11 & 12
Orange County

Educational/PR Event
Heart Gallery at Walther's Fun and Golf
2303 N. First Ave. 
Evansville, IN. 47710
Thurs., Sep. 17, 5:30-8:30 pm
Vanderburgh County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
15th Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day
414 Broadway St., Fountain Downtown
Madison, IN 47250
Sat., September 19, 4-9:30pm
Jefferson County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Plainfield Public Library
1120 Stafford Road
Plainfield, IN 46168
Wed., Sept. 30, 6pm-8pm
Hendricks County

October

Adoption PR/Educational Event
26th Annual Conference on Youth
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Thurs., Oct. 1, 7:15am-4pm
Allen County
(This event requires an admission fee)

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Northern Indiana Autism Expo
The Blue Heron
5440 W. Nimtz Parkway
South Bend, 46628
Sat., Oct. 17, 10am – 1pm
St. Joseph County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Family Fall Fest
Brook Pointe Inn
4906 E. 1200 N.
Syracuse, IN 46567
Thurs., Oct. 22, 3pm-7:30pm
Kosciusko County

Educational/PR Event
Harvest Festival and Market
1 E. Water St.
Newburgh, In. 47630
Sat., Oct. 24, 4:00-7:00 pm
Warrick County

November

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Orphan Emphasis Sunday
New Hope Church
559 E. 100 Street S
Washington, IN
Sun., Nov. 1, 8am-12pm
Daviess County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Orphan Sunday
Georgetown Christian Church
9420 IN-64
Georgetown, IN 47122
Sun., Nov. 8, 8am-1pm EST
Floyd County

National Adoption Month Celebration
St. Joseph Probate Court
1000 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601
Fri., Nov. 13, 9-11am
St. Joseph County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
City on a Hill Church
630 N. Gardner St.
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Sun., Nov. 15, 9:30am-12pm EST
Scott County

National Adoption Month Celebration
Allen County Courthouse
715 S. Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Thurs., Nov. 19
Allen County

National Adoption Month Celebration
Warrick Co. Courthouse
1 County Square #300
Boonville, In. 47601
Thurs., Nov. 19,  9:00-11:00 am
Warrick County

National Adoption Month Celebration
Elkhart County Courts
315 S. Second St. Elkhart, IN 46516
Fri., Nov. 20,  10am-12pm
Elkhart County