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On this site, you will see many different faces of youth. The words next to their faces only tell a partial story. Their biography is not complete. Any young person's story is worthy of telling you, yet what you read here about them is just a few short sentences.
The paragraphs next to each child are an introduction.
Beyond the paragraphs, we want you to know the whole biography of a child when you are considering making a commitment as a parent; however here on this site we balance your need to know with a child's need for privacy and sense of well being.
Children who have experienced foster care all have one thing in common: they have had to leave their home. And by that very fact alone, their need for healing, stability and nurturing requires attention. Children who have had to endure neglect, abuse, or trauma can face many challenges. Those challenges can range from mild to the severe and can also be temporary or permanent.
The challenges our children face will not be detailed in the introductions. Listing a short medical or mental health diagnosis can sometimes be misleading and can breach confidentiality. You can read about some of the challenges that are common to many children in the adoption program in a separate section on this site.
In the adoption program, many of the children are older and may have physical, mental or emotional impairments. Some have brothers and sisters in the program with them and they may need to live together or they may need to keep their essential connection to each other through different living arrangements.
The youth featured here are in foster care and they may live with a foster family or they may be living in a group home or other child-caring facility such as a treatment center. Every child needs the love and support of a family. We invite you to learn more about adopting children in the Indiana Adoption Program.
You will see a number at the bottom of each child's introduction. Please refer to this number when making an inquiry about them.
A child's future development, well-being and sense of family and community will rest with you if you become their adoptive parent.
The child's social worker or adoption team will help determine if you and your family are compatible with the child. There may also be several families that are being considered.
A prospective adoptive parent must have completed the Family Preparation process and be approved to adopt a child introduced in this book. If you are just beginning that process or have not yet begun, a child you see here may be living with a new family before you complete the Family Preparation process.
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