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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

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 Event
Great Kids Make Great Communities Conference
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:15am-4:15pm
Allen County

Adoption PR Event
Children’s Justice Act
Hilton Indianapolis North
8181 N. Shadeland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 7:30am-4:30pm
Marion County

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

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

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

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

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
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

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 & 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