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Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Counseling, Family Services

Mission: Adoptions of Indiana is a licensed, not for profit, child-placing agency, dedicated to giving hope to children, birth parents, and adoptive families. Adoption is one of the most profound events in the lives of children, and birth and adoptive parents. We exist to empower, equip, and support children and families by providing compassionate, respectful and professional services through the entire process and throughout the adoptive lifecycle.

Results: Check us out at www.AdoptionsofIndiana.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdoptionsofIndiana. Meg Sterchi, Executive Director of Adoptions of Indiana was recognized as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption.

Target demographics: expectant parents and birth and adoptive families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 125 birth and adoptive families.

Geographic areas served: throughout the State of Indiana.

Programs: *Adoption Options Counseling *Adoption Preparation (Home Studies) *Adoption Education *Matching *Placement *Post-Placement Services *Post-Adoption Support Services for Birth and Adoptive Families *Search & Reconnection for Adult Adoptees *Humanitarian Aide--South Africa

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We began working with AOI in March 2016, shortly after ending fertility treatments and attempting to conceive biologically for two years. I wish I could properly convey how amazing this organization has been over the past year but words will never be enough. We brought our daughter home in January 2017 and it is because of AOI's incredible staff that we are parents. Adoption was a difficult journey for my husband and I mentally and emotionally. Despite our relatively quick placement, we had multiple days that we really struggled with the process. AOI was there every single step of the way, including being at the hospital with us for several hours on the day of our daughters birth. Each and every person we came in contact with during our year long process was respectful, encouraging, overwhelming supportive and so wonderful to our daughters birth mother. I cannot recommend them enough. Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana completed our home study and adoption education classes. Everyone was so helpful and supportive before, during, and after our adoption. Always there with advice and support!

We value our experience with AoI so much, we've volunteered our time to give back to this great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AOI is an organization that has become a leading agency for open adoptions. They helped my husband and me make our dream of a family a reality.

They treated us with the utmost respect and dignity, but what made us truly decide on AOI was their child-focused approach. What is best for the child. They also treat all birth families with a level of love, support, and respect that we didn't see in interviewing other agencies.

We have become part of the family in all ways with AOI. They are superior in all they do and provide.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana is an excellent organization to work with. They made the process easy to understand, supported my daughter throughout the process. And continues to offer exceptional service to us. I am a birth grandmother, and what I thought would be one of the most difficult things of our life, has turned into one of the most beautiful through open adoption. And if we ever have trouble navigating, Meg is always there to help if needed. I would highly recommend Adoptions of Indiana

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were led to adoption to grow our family. Finding adoption professionals to work with that we trusted were doing the right thing for all people that would be involved in our adoption process proved more difficult for us than expected. We wanted our adoption to be child-centered, and we also wanted to ensure that an expectant mother was receiving education and counselling before, during, and after the adoption. We wanted so much care and kindness shown to her. We as adoptive parents also wanted someone we could lean on to help us become educated on open adoption and stay with us as we navigated open adoption in the future. We had almost given up finding this with an adoption agency or attorney, and then we met with Adoptions of Indiana. We knew nearly immediately we were right where we were supposed to be! Although ultimately Adoptions of Indiana did not match us to an expectant mom because of their encouragement for us to do our own networking, in their words, we are still a part of their family. And the three ladies that had worked with us on education and our home study were there the day we finalized our son's adoption six months ago.

I have already reached out to Adoptions of Indiana several times with questions about how to, in a child-centered way, handle different aspects of our particular open adoption. They are always a phone call away and have extended their services to our son's birth mom even though she did not work with them before the adoption because of the circumstances. They have helped guide us to solutions that are generous and compassionate. They welcomed us with open arms to their "In It For The Long Run" 5k event for families, which was wonderful. It was amazing that they worked so hard to bring families together that shared adoption as part of how they were formed - the event was so fun and family friendly.

Adoption can be complicated and there are many elements and emotions that span lifetimes. I feel so confident, however, having the Adoptions of Indiana team to help guide our family through our open adoption as our son grows. They set the tone through the thoroughness of their home study and education, and then they continually deliver services to all whose lives are touched by adoption.

Adoptions of Indiana changed our lives! I do not know that we would have had the courage to proceed with adoption without them because we fully realized the magnitude of adoption and the impact on the lives that would be a part of our adoption. And we are so grateful for their continual presence in our lives.



2 TravisT

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana creates life-changing experiences for both the birth parents, specifically mothers, and the adoptive parents. However, it's primary focus, and the foundation of its rich history in adoptions remains to be the children.

Speaking from someone who was a supporter, to a client and now as Board member, this organization has changed my life, my family and my perspective of adoption. The staff is very knowledgeable, accessible and the heart and soul of this organization.

I am honored to be part of this organization in so many ways - I encourage anyone, no matter how you're affiliated, to become a champion for this organization and the children.

www.adoptionsofindiana.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love, sincerity, encouragement, honest, truthful and above all, focused on the well being of the children and expectant mothers. All these things, and too many others to name, encompass Adoptions of Indiana and its staff. My husband and I are in the last states of adoption (our little one will be here any day) and we couldn't fathom using any other agency in the state or country. Meg and her team are A-Class, extremely involved in each of their cases. And often, the team is involved and sincerely interested in those that aren't their assigned clients.

AOI embodies servitude and phenomenal stewards of love and concern. We interviewed 6 agencies, and we knew after 5 minutes into our meeting with Amy that this was the agency for us. The very first thing we remember is walking into AOI and being greeted by the Executive Director, Meg. That is unheard of and she didn't just greet us, she was immediately vested in us and our potential journey. How could we not feel welcomed. We left AOI from our initial meeting and felt like we were "home." Two days later, we submitted our application. Thank you AOI - thank you for changing lives of children and families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am fairly new to Adoptions of Indiana, but within my first minutes of meeting some of their staff I knew what a wonderful organization they are. They are so kindhearted, so full of so much willingness to help others.
The women who work for Adoptions of Indiana are proud and eager to help birthmothers in any way they can. Meeting with this organization makes me feel protected, wanted, and cared about like never before. I am so grateful to have finally found the safe haven of compassion and support I've been searching for these past 9 years. Thank you so much for all you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I started the adoption process I was nervous about what open adoption really meant. The team at Adoptions of Indiana immediately put me at ease & made me feel like family. The moment I walked in the door I knew I could ask any question that came to mind & they would help me find my answer without judgement. The workshops provided clear information & opportunity to talk with adoptive families and birth parents. That training made a big difference when I began talking with an expectant mother about our shared hopes for her baby's future. We have a beautiful relationship because of the support of Adoptions of Indiana.

The support that Adoptions of Indiana provides to birth families is fantastic. The counseling & group opportunities for birth families make the difference. I love that my daughter's birth mother has support before and after placement. I can't say enough good words about the love & care provided for all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are extremely happy with the support and education that Adoptions of Indiana provided to us as first-time adoptive parents. From the beginning, we always felt like we were working with a staff that really cared about us and our progress throughout our adoption journey. Not only did we feel supported, but the staff was dedicated to supporting our birthmother as well. This is an agency that really cares about everyone: the birth parents, adoptive parents and most of all children. We would recommend AOI to others considering adoption.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After several years of infertility, my husband and I started researching adoption as an option to grow our family. We met with other agencies and were left overwhelmed and lost. After our first meeting with Adoptions of Indiana, we began to feel excited about the journey and finally had hope. They have always told us what we needed to hear, even if it wasn't what we wanted to hear, and gave us the tools we needed to navigate and cope with each situation we encountered. We didn't have an easy journey, but we can't imagine going through the process without Allison, Amy and Meg being there for us every step of the way. There are no words to express how thankful we are for everyone at Adoptions of Indiana and their part in helping us find our angel.