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

Groups 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.

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Indiana Adoption Program

Adoption Recruitment

Children's Bureau facilitates Indiana's Adoption Program. Informing families about the need for adopting Indiana foster care youth is imperative. These children are in the foster care system because they have experienced abuse, neglect or both. Every child needs the love and support of a family.

"Adoption Champions" throughout the state provide educational sessions that offer information about the process of adopting in Indiana and tools to help potential parents consider if adoption is right for them.

Adoption Meet and Greets are held throughout the year. These events allow prospective families and foster children to interact in a natural setting and allow them time to get to know one another.

If you would like to learn more about children available for adoption, you can view the most current book online. This adoption book provides a listing of kids available for adoption. Of course, this does not provide you with a complete picture of them, only a partial introduction to these children. Watching their videos online, attending meet and greets, and inquiring about the children will help potential parents understand how Indiana foster children are just that -- children!

We invite you to learn more about adopting children in the Indiana Adoption Program. Please contact us.

Indiana Adoption Program Photo Book
Post-Adoptive Services

Post-adoptive services are available through Children's Bureau for ANY family that has adopted, even if we did not facilitate your adoption.

These services are meant to complete a comprehensive system of care that allows families to find support after adoption.

Our services begin with a comprehensive, strengths-based assessment with the child and family. A Children's Bureau staff member will help the family convene a team that includes other family members, informal supports, and professionals to form a collaborative plan of care with clearly defined goals.

The post-adopt provider will address the need for and monitor a crisis plan with the family and team members. The plan of care for the family may include assistance in connecting with other community resources, behavioral health care services, respite, and/or support groups.

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

Private Adoption Home Studies

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, or family preparation summary, is required by the court system and international agencies in order to finalize an adoption. During this process, Children’s Bureau prepares the family for its adoption journey by asking questions and providing education along the way. Home studies include two visits, gathering information from your family and personal references, as well as completing criminal and child welfare background checks. We will complete a written report within 60 days of the submission of all application documents. Please contact us to get started!

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, which is a requirement to provide international adoption services 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.