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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: 

January

Adoption PR Event
Life Sunday
Grace Lutheran Church
1787 Klerner Lane
New Albany, IN
Sunday, Jan. 18, 8am-noon
Floyd County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Dr. King Martin Luther King Unity Day Celebration
Grand Wayne Convention Center
120 West Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Monday, Jan. 19, 10am-4pm
Allen County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Charity Tabernacle Church (before and after Upward Basketball games)
2700 South Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 241-1707
Saturday, Jan. 24, 11am-1:30pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Bethany Lutheran Church
102 G Street
LaPorte, IN 46534
Sunday, Jan. 25, 9am-noon CST
LaPorte County

Adoption PR Event
Adoption Fair
Founders Union Building
University of Louisville Shelby Campus
2301 South 3rd Street
Louisville, KY
Sunday, Jan. 25, 1-4pm

Adoption Education Event
Tipton County Library Meeting Room
127 E. Madison Street
Tipton, Indiana
Saturday, Jan. 31, 10-11:30am
Tipton County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
17th Annual Empty Bowls
Central Middle School
725 7th Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Saturday, Jan. 31, 5:30-8pm
Bartholomew County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Charity Tabernacle Church (before and after Upward Basketball games)
2700 South Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 241-1707
Saturday, Jan. 31, 11am-1:30pm
Marion County

February

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Millhousen Vol. FD Fish Fry @
Millhousen Volunteer Fire Department
7935 South Co. Rd. 250 East
Greensburg, IN 47240
Friday, Feb. 6, 5-8pm EST
Decatur County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Charity Tabernacle Church (before and after Upward Basketball games)
2700 South Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 241-1707
Saturday, Feb. 7, 11am-1:30pm
Marion County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Charity Tabernacle Church (before and after Upward Basketball games)
2700 South Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 241-1707
Saturday, Feb. 14, 11am-1:30pm
Marion County

Adoption Educational Event
Michigan City Public Library
100 E 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Monday, Feb. 16, 2-4pm CST
LaPorte County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Community Howard Regional Health
Cafeteria Hallway
3500 South Lafountain Street
Kokomo, IN 46902
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 11am-1pm
Howard County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Charity Tabernacle Church (before and after Upward Basketball games)
2700 South Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 241-1707
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11am-1:30pm
Marion County

Adoption Educational/PR Event
Community Days Event
Concord Mall
3701 Main St.
Elkhart, IN 46517
Saturday, Feb.  28, 10am-5pm
Elkhart County

March

Adoption PR Event
The Children’s Museum
Target Free Family Night
3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN  46208
Thursday, March 5, 4-7:30pm

Adoption AEE & PR Event
IN Association of Home Educators’ Convention
IN State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28
8am–6:30pm daily
Marion County

April

To be determined

May

Adoption PR Event
Fair in the Air
Fair Oaks Farm
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 10am-4pm CST
Jasper County