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Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Adoption  > Indiana Adoption Program > About Us About the Indiana Adoption Program

There are different types of adoptions and different avenues to adopting a child. Private adoption attorneys and agencies typically handle infant and international adoptions.

The Indiana Adoption Program, also known as the Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP), is a statewide initiative through the Department of Child Services to find adoptive homes for Indiana’s children and older youth in foster care.

In Indiana, most of the children for whom we are seeking families are between the ages of 8 and 16. Although children much younger come into our care, they are usually reunified with their family, adopted by another family member, or adopted by their foster parents. Many children in care also have brothers and/or sisters. There is an urgent need for families willing to adopt older youth and siblings.

Please explore our website to learn more about adopting from foster care and the children who are waiting for a home to call their own.