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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: 

October

Adoption PR Event
Story Time at Plymouth Public Library
201 N. Center St. Plymouth IN 46563
Friday, Oct. 31, 9:30-11:30am
Marshall County

November

Adoption PR Event
2nd Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar PR event
Warren Primary Center
55400 Quince Rd.
South Bend, IN 46619
Saturday, Nov. 1,  9am-2pm
St. Joseph County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Wilstem Ranch
4229 US 150
Paoli, IN 47454
Saturday, Nov. 1, 11am-3pm
Orange County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Hamilton Life Center
2350 Conner Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
Saturday, Nov. 1, 10-12noon
Hamilton County

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

National Adoption Day Celebration
Barnes & Noble
624 S. Green River Rd.
Evansville, IN 47715
Saturday, Nov. 1, 12-3pm
Vanderburgh County

Adoption PR & Educational Event
Orphan Sunday
Crossroads Community Church
4254 S. 00 E.W.
Kokomo, IN 46902
Saturday, Nov. 1, 4:30-7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 2, 8:30am-1:30pm
Howard 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
Liberty Bible Church
824 N Calumet Ave
Chesterton, IN 46304
Sunday, Nov. 2, 9am-12:30pm CST
Porter County
National Adoption Month Proclamation Ceremony
Vigo County Court House
33 S. 3rd St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Monday, Nov. 3, 10am
Vigo County
National Adoption Day Celebration
Learning Panel at Hamilton Center
620 8th Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47804
Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-7:30pm
Please RSVP with Kay at Hamilton Center (812) 231-8323
Vigo County

Adoption PR Event
YMCA
33 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150
Thursday,  Nov. 6, 9-11am
Floyd County

National Adoption Day Celebration
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN  46208
Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-8pm
Free admission from 4-8pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Star 88.3 Adoption Celebration
Pathway Church
11910 Shearwater Run
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Saturday, Nov. 8, 12pm
Allen County

Adoption PR Event
Vanderburgh Co. Courthouse National Adoption Day
1 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #129
Evansville, IN 47708
Monday, Nov. 10th, time TBD
Vanderburgh County

Adoption PR Event
with Heart Gallery
Skyzone in Evansville
49 N. Green River Rd.
Evansville, IN 47715
Monday, Nov. 10, 5–7pm
Vanderburgh County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Sandy Hook United Methodist Church
1610 Taylor Rd.
Columbus, IN 47203
Monday, Nov. 10, 6-8pm
Bartholomew County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Governor Pence’s Information and Awareness Fair
Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Monday, Nov. 10, 4–6pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Dogs at the Library
Plymouth Public Library
201 N. Center St.
Plymouth, IN 46563
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6-8pm
Marshall County

National Adoption Celebration and Education Event
Court House, First Floor
Courthouse Square
Greencastle, IN 46135
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2-4pm
Putnam County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Terre Haute Children's Museum
727 Wabash Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Friday, Nov. 14, 4-8pm
Please bring your adoption decree for free admittance
Vigo County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Tyson Activity Center
100 South High St.
Versailles, IN 47072
Saturday, Nov. 14, 5-8pm
Please RSVP: http://www.nationaladoptionday15.eventbrite.com/
Ripley County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Agape Gardens Montesorri
804 S. Purdum St.
Kokomo, IN 46901
Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:30-5:30pm
Howard County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Wonderlab
308 W. 4th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Saturday, Nov. 15, 6-8pm
Free admission from 6-8pm
Monroe County

Adoption PR & Educational Event
Orphan Sunday Celebration
Bachelor Creek Church of Christ
2147 N. State Rd. 15
Wabash, IN 46992
Sunday, Nov. 16, 12:45-3pm
Wabash County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Allen County Court
715 South Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Wednesday, Nov. 19 all day
Allen County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Tippecanoe County Courthouse
301 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Lafayette, IN 47905
Thursday, November 20, 9am-Noon
Tippecanoe County

Adoption Educational Event
Jeffersonville Public Library
211 East Court Ave.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-7:30pm
Clark County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Henry Circuit Court 1
1215 Race Street
Suite 240, Third Floor
New Castle, IN 47362
Friday, Nov. 21, 1-4pm
Henry County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Grant Superior Court 2
101 E. 4th St., Ste.300
Marion, IN 46952
Friday, Nov. 21, 9am-noon EST
Grant County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Delaware County Court House
Delaware County Justice Center
100 W. Washington St.
Muncie, IN 47305
Friday, Nov. 21, 1:30-4pm
Delaware County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Elkhart Courts Building at
315 S. 2nd St.
Elkhart, IN 46516
Friday, Nov. 21, 10am-12pm
Elkhart County

National Adoption Day Celebration
Luncheon for families who have adopted.
Gamba Ristorante
455 E. 84th Dr.
Merrillville, IN 46410
Call Jill Brown to reserve your seat: (219) 757-1881
Saturday, Nov. 22, 11am–1:30pm CST

National Adoption Day Celebration
Community Action-Southern Indiana
1613 E. 8th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2-4pm
Clark County

National Adoption Celebration
Bethany Lutheran Church
102 G St
LaPorte, IN 46530
November 22, 2014, 9AM to 11am CST
LaPorte County

Adoption Celebration and Education Event
Crawfordsville Public Library
205 South Washington
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2-4pm
Crawfordsville, IN
Montgomery 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 PR event
Darlington Farms
615 W. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Saturday, Nov. 22, 11am-4pm
Allen 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 & Educational Event
Celebrate Adoption! Adoption Connections Muncie Northwest YMCA
3500 N. Chadam Ln.
Muncie, IN 47304
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2-5pm EST
Delaware 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

December:

Adoption PR Event
The Handmade Holiday Show
Old Bag Factory
1100 N. Chicago Ave. Goshen, IN 46528
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9am-3pm
Elkhart County

Adoption PR Event
The Handmade Holiday Show
Old Bag Factory
1100 N. Chicago Ave.
Goshen, IN 46528
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014  9am-3pm
Elkhart County

Adoption Educational Event
MOPS meeting
River Oaks Church
58020 CR 115, Goshen, IN 46528
Thursday, Dec. 18, 9:15-11:15am
Elkhart County

Adoption PR Event
Family Movie Time PR event
Plymouth Public Library
201 N. Center St.
Plymouth, IN 46563
Saturday, Dec. 20, 12:30-3:30pm
Marshall County