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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: 

August

Adoption PR Event
Lake County Fair
Lake County Fair Grounds
889 S. Court St.
Crown Point, IN  46307
Friday, August 1, 12-7:30pm
Saturday, August 2, 1-8pm
Sunday, August 3, 1-7pm
Lake County

Adoption PR Event
Hog Roast-Butler Family Benefit
Muncie Alliance Church
5601 W. Jackson St.
Muncie, IN 47304
Saturday, August 2, 12noon-6pm EST
Delaware County

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

Adoption Educational Event
Pulaski County Library
121 S Riverside Dr.
Winamac, IN 46996
Saturday, August 2, 10am-2pm EST
Pulaski County

Adoption PR Event
Charity Rummage Sale
proceeds for Adoption Connections of Indiana
Riverside Methodist Church
1201 N. Wheeling Ave. Muncie, IN 47303
Saturday, August 2, 8am EST
Delaware 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 PR Event
Back to School Blowout
First Baptist Church
525 Hayden Pike
North Vernon, IN 47265
Sunday August 3, 4-7pm
Jennings 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
Taste of East Chicago Event
Veteran's Park
145th Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312
Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16, 12-8pm
Lake County

Adoption PR Event
Indiana State Fair
Governor Pence’s Informational Fair on Adoption & Foster Care
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN  46205
Thursday,  August 17, 3-7pd EST
Marion County

Adoption PR Event
St. Joseph Catholic Church
1875 S. CR 700 W.
North Vernon, IN 47265
Sunday, August 17, following the 7:30am Mass
Jennings County
 
Adoption PR Event
St. Mary's Catholic Church
212 Washington Street
North Vernon, IN 47265
Sunday, August 17, following the 9am Mass
Jennings County
 
Adoption PR Event
St. Anne's Parish
4570 N. CR 150 E.
North Vernon, IN 47265
Sunday, August 17, following the 10:45am   Mass
Jennings 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
Hancock Regional Hospital Cafeteria
801 N. State Street
Greenfield IN 46140
Monday, August 27, 11am-1pm
Hancock County

Adoption PR Event
Mosey Down Main Street
Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette, IN
Saturday, August 30, 6-9pm
Tippecanoe County

September

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

Adoption Educational Event
Hands of Hope Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry
Fishers Library Launch Conference Room
5 Municipal Drive
Fishers, IN 46038
Sunday, September 7, 3pm-4pm EST
Hamilton County

Adoption PR Event
Fun Fest
Living Hope Church
11605 Pendleton Pike
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Saturday, September 13, 9am-3pm EST
Marion 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

October

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 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

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 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