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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: 

September

Adoption PR Event
Friday Night on the Square
Town Square
Salem, IN 47167
Friday, September 19, 6-10 pm
Washington County

Adoption PR Event
Frankton Heritage Days
850 North 575 West
Frankton Indiana 46044
September 19-21
Madison County

Adoption PR & Educational Event
14th Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day
414 Broadway St., Fountain Downtown
Madison, IN 47250
Saturday, September 20, 4pm-9:30 pm
Jefferson County

Adoption PR Event
Columbus Kids Resale
Northside Middle School
1400 27th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Saturday, September 20, 8am-2pm
Bartholomew County
 
Adoption PR Event
WNIN Kids Fest
405 Carpenter St.
Evansville, IN 47708
Saturday, September 20, 10am-2pm
Vanderburgh County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Bloomington Farmers Market
401 N. Morton St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Saturday September 20, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Monroe County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, September 21, 9am-1:30pm
1599 East Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46901
Howard County

Adoption PR event
2014 Tree City Fall Festival
150 Courthouse Sq.
Greensburg, IN 47240
Friday, September 26, 12-10:30pm
Saturday, September 27, 9am-10pm
Decatur County

Adoption Education Event
Franklin Road Public Library
Community Room
5550 S. Franklin Rd.
Indianapolis, IN  46239
Saturday, September 27, 10:30am
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Bicentennial
201 E. Market St.
Salem, In 47167
Saturday, September 27, 1-9 pm
Sunday, September 28, 11-5pm
Washington County

Montgomery County
Adoption PR Event
Skyzone Fishers
10080 E 121st street
Fishers IN 46037
Monday, September 29, 5-7pm
Please RSVP heartgallery@transformconsultinggroup.com
or 877-636-0584
Hamilton County

October

Adoption PR & Educational Event
2014 Children's Health & Safety Fair
Decatur County Family YMCA
1301 Kathy's Way
Greensburg, IN 47240
Saturday, October 4, 10am-1pm
Pedal Tractor Pull, 1am ( Registration at 12:30)
Open Swim, 1-4pm
Decatur County

Adoption PR Event
Whale of a Sale-Indy South
Community Church of Greenwood-The Gathering Place
1485 W. Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46142
Friday, October 3rd, 12-9pm
Saturday, October 4, 8am-3pm
Johnson County

Adoption PR/Educational Event
Resource & Adoptive Parent (RAPT) Conference
Radisson Hotel Indianapolis Airport
2500 S. High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
October 9-11
Thurs. and Fri.: 7:30am6pm
Saturday: 7:30am-2pm
To register: http://www.rapt-indiana.org/
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
IndyFamilyFest
Expo Building, IN State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Saturday, October 11, 9am-4pm
Marion County

Adoption Educational Event
Adoption and Foster Care Information Meeting
Anderson Public Library
111 E. 12th Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Saturday, October 18, 10am-11am EST
Madison County

Adoption PR Event
Ministry Fair
First Baptist Church
525 Hayden Pike
North Vernon, IN 47265
Sunday October 26, 5-8pm
Jennings County

November

Adoption PR Event
Orphan Sunday
Brookville Road Community Church
7480 W. US 52
New Palestine, IN 46163
Saturday, November 1, 6:30-6:50pm (after service)
Hancock County

Adoption PR Event
Orphan Sunday
Brookville Road Community Church
7480 W. US 52
New Palestine, IN 46163
Sunday, November 2, 10am-12:45pm
Hancock County

Adoption Educational Event
Adoption Information Meeting
Hands of Hope Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry
5504 E. 146th Street
Noblesville, IN 46062
Saturday, November 22, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Hamilton County

National Adoption Day Celebration
1613 E. 8th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Saturday, November 22, 2-4pm
Clark County

Adoption Educational Event
Adoption Information Meeting
Hands of Hope Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry
5504 E. 146th Street
Noblesville, IN 46062
Sunday, November 23, 9:00am-10:00am
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Fisher's YMCA
9093 E. 126th Street
Fishers, IN 46038
Monday, November 24, 10am-2pm
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Fisher's YMCA
9093 E. 126th Street
Fishers, IN 46038
Saturday, November 29, 10am-2pm
Hamilton County