November is National Adoption Month, and to celebrate, the Indiana Department of Child Services and Indiana Supreme Court are highlighting the state’s adoption program and sharing stories of Hoosier children who have found their forever homes.
The Stories of DCS is a webpage featuring blog posts and a podcast about various adoptive families in Indiana. There is also a social media campaign about the virtues of adoption via Twitter (@IndianaDCS) and Instagram (@VoicesofDCS). Among those stories is the Bower family, who didn’t want their son to be an only child. When their plans to have another baby didn’t work out, they looked into adoption. Over the years they’ve fostered more than 15 children, providing a nurturing environment until they could go home, and fully adopted three of them.
Indiana House Republicans have championed legislation increasing funding for DCS, limiting caseloads for social workers, allowing young Hoosiers to receive foster care services through age 21 and establishing an adoption program within DCS to help our most vulnerable children. These actions helped Indiana rank first in the nation for its increase in the number of adoptions from foster care. Nearly 2,500 Hoosier children were adopted last year. Because of this, the federal government awarded the state almost $5 million to support the Indiana Adoption Program’s continuing efforts to find loving families for foster children.
The work continues. There are more than 1,500 children in Indiana eligible for adoption, with nearly 300 of those seeking new families. National Adoption Day is Saturday, Nov. 21. To help mark the occasion, the Indiana Supreme Court signed a permanent order allowing media to broadcast uncontested adoption proceedings so Hoosiers can witness the joy when foster children are officially united with new families.
Learn more about our young Hoosiers waiting for adoption at IndianaAdoptionProgram.org.