Adoption

Learn about Children’s Bureau adoption services:

  • Meet children available for adoption from the foster care system in Indiana.
  • Is adoption already part of your life? Find out how our post-adoptive services can support your family.
  • Do you need a home study for private adoption? We can help.
  • Have more questions? Contact us.
Attachment-Focused Therapy

Children's Bureau understands how attachment impacts a child's emotional and behavioral development and relationships within the family. The Attachment Focused Therapy program focuses on helping families thrive by building connection and trust and employs highly experienced therapists to work with families through emotions and behaviors surrounding issues such as grief and loss, identity, family adjustment, abandonment, etc. Our services are family and relationship focused and build on a family's strengths.

Therapists receive extensive training in attachment, Trauma-Informed Care and other adoption specific issues. Counseling services empower families regardless of where they are on their journey. Attachment Focused Therapy is beneficial to all families, not just those in crisis.

Specializations include but are not limited to:

  • Attachment Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Theraplay ®
  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention
  • Attachment and Bonding Assessments

Who is Eligible?

  • Families referred by the Department of Child Services
  • Children with Medicaid
  • Families paying privately

Our Coordinating Attachment and Permanency (CAP) Group is a highly acclaimed, six-week therapeutic group for adoptive families that focuses on building strong family attachments and improving family communication. We also offer a Theraplay ® group focused on structured, nurturing interaction to improve relationships and enhance self esteem.

Indiana Adoption Program

Adoption Recruitment

Children's Bureau facilitates Indiana's Adoption Program for children in the foster care system who are eligible for adoption. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

Adoption Champions throughout the state provide educational sessions to help potential parents determine if adoption is right for them. Adoption meet and greets allow prospective families and foster children an opportunity to get to know one another in a neutral, child friendly setting. Visit http://www.in.gov/dcs/2740.htm to see a listing of meet and greet locations, dates & times.

For information on adopting a specific child visit http://www.adoptuskids.org/states/in/browse.aspx .

Post-Adoption Services

Post-adoption services are available through Children's Bureau for ANY family that has adopted, even if we did not facilitate your adoption. Our services begin with a comprehensive, strengths-based assessment with the child and family. A Children's Bureau staff member will start by helping your family identify a support team of individuals who will take part in helping you define and achieve a goal oriented collaborative plan. Assistance in connecting with other community resources, behavioral health care services, respite and support groups are elements often included in the comprehensive plan of care.

We offer many support groups throughout the state, including a private online group for parents.

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Private Adoption Home Studies

What is an adoption home study and who needs it?

Children’s Bureau employs licensed, masters-level clinicians that travel the state of Indiana to provide home study services for:

  • International adoptions
  • Stepparent/Grandparent/Custody adoptions
  • Private adoption for families that have already been matched with a child

An adoption home study is required by the court system and international agencies in order to finalize an adoption. During this process, a Children’s Bureau staff member serves to prepare a family for its adoption journey. Home studies include two visits,  information gathering from family and personal references and the completion of criminal and child welfare background checks. A written report is completed within 60 days of the submission of all required documents. Please contact us to get started.

International adoptions

Children’s Bureau partners with numerous international adoption agencies approved by the United States Department of State. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation in compliance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Our home studies meet all Hague guidelines. Countries we work with include but aren’t limited to:

  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • India
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
Wendy's Wonderful Kids

The Wendy's Wonderful Kids program is a grant-funded program provided by the Dave Thomas Foundation. This evidence-based program implements child-specific adoption recruitment for foster care children who have waited in the system longer than other children and want to be adopted. We believe that every child deserves to live in a safe, loving, and permanent family. No child should linger in foster care or leave the system at age18 without a permanent family of his or her own. We believe every child is adoptable.