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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: 

July

Adoption PR & Educational Event
Decatur County 4-H Fair
Decatur County Fairgrounds & Exhibition Center
545 S Co Rd 200 W
Greensburg, IN 47240
Thursday, July 10–17, Weekdays  4pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2pm-10pm
Decatur County

Adoption PR Event
Children’s Bureau/NACS Community Fair
Family Support Center
1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.
Indianapolis, IN  46202
Saturday, July 12 Noon–3pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
New Beginnings Church
265 Quartermaster Ct.
Jeffersonville, In 47130
Sunday, July 13, 10-noon
Clark County

Decatur County Family  YMCA
100th Anniversary Carnival
1301 Kathy's Way
Greensburg, IN  47240
Saturday, July 19, 10 am-2 pm
Decatur County

Adoption PR Event
IHA Good Life Tour 2014
Beechwood Gardens Apts.
2915 N. Graham
Indianapolis, IN  46218
Saturday, July 19, 11am – 2pm
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Treasure Hunt
Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds
17746-D County Road 34,  Goshen, IN 46528
July 23,  9am-3pm
Elkhart County

August

Adoption PR Event
Back to School
Tippecanoe Mall
2415 Sagamore Parkway South
Lafayette, IN 47905
Saturday, August 2, 11am - 3pm
Tippecanoe County

Adoption PR Event
Outfest
Lafayette Savings Bank
(parking lot off 2nd Street)
Downtown Lafayette, IN 47905
Saturday, August 2, 4-8pm
Tippecanoe County

Adoption Seminar (Adoption Educational Event)
Minority Health Coalition, Back to School Health Fair
Tolson Center
1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516
August 2,  9am-3pm
Elkhart  County

Adoption Educational Event
Jackson County Public Library
303 W. Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Monday, August 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
Jackson County

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

Adoption PR Event
Family Fun Fair
Hamilton County Sports Complex
9625 East 150th Street #209
Noblesville, IN 46060
August 9, 11am-3pm
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Mosey Down Main Street
Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette, IN
Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm
Tippecanoe County

Adoption PR Event
Family Fun Fair
Hamilton County Sports Complex
9625 East 150th Street #209
Noblesville, IN 46060
August 9, 11am-3pm
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Kentucky State Fair
Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
Monday & Thursday, August 18 & 21, 6-10pm

Adoption PR Event
Mosey Down Main Street
Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette, IN
Saturday, August 30, 6 pm-Midnight
Tippecanoe County

September

Adoption PR Event
Tipton Pork Festival
Downtown Tipton
Tipton Indiana
September 4, 5, & 6
Tipton County

Adoption PR Event
Title: Family Safety Day
Place:  Center Lake Park
119 E. Canal St., Warsaw, IN 46580
September 13 
Kosciusko County

Adoption PR Event
Friday Night on the Square
Town Square
Salem, IN 47167
Friday, September 19, 6-10 pm
Washington County

Adoption PR Event
Frankton Heritage Days
850 North 575 West
Frankton Indiana 46044
September 19-21
Madison County

Adoption PR & Educational Event
14th Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day
414 Broadway St., Fountain Downtown
Madison, IN 47250
Saturday, September 20, 4pm-9:30 pm
Jefferson County

Adoption Education Event
Franklin Road Public Library
Community Room
5550 S. Franklin Rd.
Indianapolis, IN  46239
Saturday, September 27, 10:30am
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
Bicentennial Celebration
Town Square
Salem, IN 47167
Saturday, September 27, 1-9pm & Sunday, September 28, 1-5pm
Washington County