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AD-IN INC, Adoptions of Indiana

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Adoptions of Indiana seeks to identify and meet the needs of adoptees and birth and adoptive families through compassionate and comprehensive adoption services.

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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't say enough about how wonderful Adoptions of Indiana was for us. Their focus on birthmoms and counselling services for everyone involved made us feel comfortable that this was an ethical agency. Everyone we worked with was so kind and professional. We were placed with a newborn at around a year.

Casie Meier S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with the kind folks from Adoptions of Indiana! All throughout our adoption process, AOI was there for us - educating us on what to expect when adopting, keeping us in the loop as we waited and advocating for our child and her birth family. We are grateful for our connection with Adoptions of Indiana and we would highly recommend them to anyone who is considering adoption or placement.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our caseworkers Amy, Allison, and Becky were amazing to work with. The pre adoption education and lifelong resources available to both birth families and adoptive families influenced our decision to work with AOI - and we sure are glad we did. Our son was born March 2019 and we are forever grateful to his birth mother and AOI.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is great to work somewhere that is child-centered. I appreciate how education is a part of that at our agency. It's also important to me to work somewhere that strives to look out for each person involved in adoption.

1 Amy D.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with AOI was an incredible experience. We chose them because of their commitment to birth/expectant mothers and their staff of social workers. We wanted to be working with a nonprofit versus simply lawyers. They were available, committed, and we felt part of a family.

1 Andrea A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not recommend a better organization. We loved working with Adoptions of Indiana. Not only are they are wonderful contact for hopeful adoptive families, I would recommend all prospective mothers considering adoption, they really take care of the women and put their needs first. We have a wonderful open adoption and a wonderful relationship with our son's birthmother and her family all thanks to Adoptions of Indiana. Without the several hours of education provided to the prospective adoptive families, we would not have been prepared. Thank you Adoptions of Indiana, we love you.

1 Adam H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful org to work with. Very transparent and great staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AOI has been fantastic to work with. They've been very transparent about their costs and their expectations. The classes they offer have also been extremely helpful and they've always been available to quickly answer questions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The adoption was the best possible outcome for our son and for us. We are thrilled and we are grateful for the support.

2 Trina T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Adoptions of Indiana. As a birth mom the decision to place your child is the hardest choice you have to make. Adoptions of Indiana provided me counseling during and after my pregnancy. With out their help and support I don't think I would have been able to deal with the greif. In the beginning I had so many doubts about my decision but thanks to the wonderful women at adoptions of Indiana I have been able to focus on the fact that I provided my daughter a wonderful life with two amazing people who I am so happy to call her parents. In the last two and a half years since I placed my daughter I have went back to school and developed a great relationship with her and her parents. The support of the women at adoptions of Indiana is amazing and I personally can't thank them enough for all of their support! Thank you ladies so much from the bottom of my heart!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

adoptions of indiana has been a wonderful resource to me post-adoption placement. i have received therapy from one of their beloved employees and having that open safe space has meant so much to me. i really appreciate all that adoptions of indiana has done for me and so many others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our daughter almost 4 years ago through AOI. We had an amazing experience with Amy and Jennifer. The whole staff is warm and helpful. Wonderful education and support even to this day and I am sure for the years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We worked with Adoptions of Indiana to adopt both our children. They were great to work with! The education classes were extremely helpful. All the staff cares about both adoptive families and birth families. Adoption is amazing but also has its difficulties so you want to work with knowledgeable people. We would highly recommend Adoptions of Indiana!!

1 Rich P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The words do not exist to describe what Adoptions of Indiana means to my family. We adopted our daughter just over a year ago and it was only through the extraordinary and enthusiastic work they do that our family was completed. It is so important to us that AOI is so focused on the birth mothers - the true heroes of every adoption story - and the knowledge that our daughter's birth mother has access to a lifetime of counseling and support. The education and support we received prior to adoption and in the subsequent year have been invaluable. AOI will always be special to us and we unreservedly recommend them for anyone thinking about embarking on this magical journey!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AOI has changed my life! I initially began working with them for an adoption home study. I quickly found them to be so much more than a step in the process to motherhood. Every person on the AOI team welcomed me and made me feel at home. The educational workshops opened my eyes and my heart to having an open adoption. We have a beautiful, loving open relationship with my daughter’s first Mom because of the love, support and guidance of AOI.

These classes also helped me connect to other prospective adoptive families who have become some of my best friends. As we have all added tiny family members in the last two years we have formed our children’s first circle of friends.

More importantly AOI provides loving support and counseling for expectant families as they make a plan for their child. They create a familial environment that wraps around each expectant parent and birth parent. They help develop a healthy triad relationship for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents.

AOI never forgets about the most precious and most fragile amongst us. They host adoptee groups that connect adoptees to one another. Providing opportunities for young people to know others with a similar experience breaks down many of the negative emotions they may have. It allows them to not be different for awhile and to talk about their hearts.

I am so grateful for the thoughtful and personal support AOI gives to each part of our uniquely created families. I know my daughter will be better off because AOI is a part of our lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love AOI, I have placed 2 children ( 1 through AOI) and I wouldn't have it any other way! AOI makes you feel important as a birth mom! And even after placement they still acknowledge what you have done! They are so amazing and I couldn't ask for a better experience!! Thank you AOI!

1 Katie C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I embarked on the adoption journey to start our family. We enlisted Adoptions of Indiana to complete our homestudy. This organization is awesome! They provide adoptive families such great education and so much support throughout this process. I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in adopting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We could not have asked for a better adoption experience than we have had with AOI. From the very first information session, we noticed a difference from the other agencies. Every person who works there is a licensed social worker, and the counseling they provide for expectant, birth, and adoptive parents is unmatched. They are champions of open adoption and really help all parties to understand and negotiate those relationships.

We took our first class in August 2017, completed our home study in November, and got our match call in December. Elijah was born in March, and he is the greatest gift we have ever received. We have established a wonderful relationship with our son's birth parents, and they have become a part of our family.

I cannot recommend AOI enough. They are welcoming to all kinds of adoptive parents, they are passionate about adoption education, and they are kind, compassionate counselors for anyone whom adoption may touch.

1 danibanani23

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a birth mom, it's never easy to make any of the decisions required of you. In such a case, you NEED an agency that truly knows your position and cares without judgment. Adoptions of Indiana is exactly that, plus some. I will never recommend anyone but them to anyone looking to place a child or adopt. 100% happy with their work and assistance!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a very unexpected discovery of pregnancy close to full term. Had it not been for Becky, I would not have had such a positive experience as a birth mom with minimal preparation time. I never felt distressed by her or the rest of the staff. Everyone I met made me feel confident, strong, and like I actually mattered in the process. My partner and I were so happy to have understanding, loyal, resourceful, and optimistic people to take this journey with. We love this agency and I cannot possibly sing its praises enough. I wish everyone could have what I've had in a situation like this. To feel important and cared for meant the world to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana (AOI) helped my husband and I fulfill our dream of becoming parents! We began workin with them in July, and received our match call in February. Two weeks after our call, our son was born!
All of the ladies at AOI are supportive, knowledgeable, and always available. We love how they work with us as adoptive parents, as well as the expectant parents, providing counseling and support. They also work hard to help families foster openness in adoption. We are forever grateful for the work of AOI and would recommend them (and have) to prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my son when I was 21, five days before my last semester of college was to begin. Since I had no contact with his birth father, I knew it was in the best interest of my son to have him placed for adoption. Once my son was born, I was convinced I wanted to have a completely closed adoption. However, after meeting with Amy from AOI, I knew that having an open adoption with him and his adoptive family was the most important thing for him, his family, and for me as well.

Adoptions of Indiana has helped me guide my way through this adoption in ways that I didn't even know that I needed. All the social workers are there to offer support and guide birth mothers and adoptive families throughout the whole adoption process. Meeting with AOI has further enhanced the relationship I have with my birth son and his adoptive family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The social workers of Adoptions of Indiana continuously 'go above and beyond' to provide support and education around the topic of open adoption. The social workers collaborated directly with both the adoptive and birth parents, while putting our daughter, Carlyle, at the center of every decision. They truly provided education, support and above all else love during the adoption process for all parties involved. Even after the adoption of our daughter, they continue to support her birth parents and ourselves every step of the way. We could not have asked for a more dedicated and child centered staff, than the staff of Adoptions of Indiana.

3 Aloe.kt

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana helped in a time where I was lost. I was pregnant at 17 and I knew I wouldn't be able to parent my daughter. I picked a family after a few months of getting in contact with a social worker and it's be great ever since. I still get counseling post placement and I have a great relationship with my daughter's family. I felt like I was respected and I still am. I looked into 4 other agencies but I'm glad I picked this one! Thank you Adoptions of Indiana for guiding me in the right choice of an open adoption. I can't imagine having it any other way. Especially when my daughter is BEYOND perfect.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After experiencing a failed pregnancy and infertility, my husband and I decided that adoption would be the best way to become parents. We researched different agencies and were grateful to work with Adoptions of Indiana. Our first meeting with Amy left us feeling hopeful that we had found an agency that was ethical, realistic, and child-centered. We learned what we should expect from domestic infant adoption, and Amy dispelled myths about open adoption. We knew right away that Adoptions of Indiana would be the best option.

The staff at AOI are caring, professional, and knowledgeable; they have decades of experience in the adoption field and with adoption in their personal lives. We could not have endured the stress, uncertainty, and self-doubt without AOI's staff and their support structures. The bimonthly While We Wait dinners facilitated by Allison allowed us to connect with other waiting families. We received guidance during each step of the process, and when we had questions, we knew we would receive thorough and timely responses. Post-placement, we have continued to reach out to AOI with questions, and we continue to receive support and advice. We know that we are part of a lifelong community and that AOI will always be there for us.

The agency is transparent and compassionate. The staff truly cares about all members of the adoption triad, but the real focus is on what's best for the child. As a result, we were required to undergo much-needed and much-appreciated workshops that helped us consider the perspective of expectant parents and birth moms. We learned about how to forge meaningful relationships with our child's birth family. We wrestled with tough and important issues regarding transracial adoption.

We were respected, but most importantly, we knew that expectant parents reaching out to AOI would be respected. Adoption can be a vulnerable experience for everyone involved, and it was important to us that we work with an ethical agency committed to professional, informed, and compassionate social work. We found that agency in Adoptions of Indiana. Furthermore, I like that AOI does not discriminate against any type of individual or family. They serve single adoptive parents, families of all configurations and backgrounds, and same-sex couples.

I highly recommend Adoptions of Indiana. Without them, we wouldn't have our beautiful daughter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Birth families and adoptive families: both feel so vulnerable. Adoptions of Indiana helped us understand the adoption process, recognize our priorities, and supported us as we moved forward with adoption.

We are so happy to have found Adoptions of Indiana, both for the education and emotional support they provided to us from the moment we walked in the door with ten thousand questions and fears through the phone call that brought us together with our beautiful child. We still have fears and ten thousand questions, but we know we have a community and support to find answers.

Adoptions of Indiana also does amazing work supporting birth families and providing support and service to birth mothers who are making the hardest, most loving decision of their lives. Our confidence in Adoptions of Indiana has grown as we have seen them interact with birth families and adoptive families at every stage of the adoption process, including long-term post-placement counseling.

We could not be more proud to be part of the Adoptions of Indiana community. With the agency's assistance, birth and adoptive families can be assured of meaningful interaction and professional consultation throughout the journey of adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The social workers of Adoptions of Indiana were compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive throughout the adoption of our daughter, Carlyle. The social workers provided ongoing support to Carlyle's birth mother and father, from selecting her adoptive family to ongoing support and counseling after her birth. Their compassion and support truly put Carlyle at the center of every decision. We could have not chosen more kind, compassionate and hard working social workers, as the social workers of Adoptions of Indiana. They are truly a blessing to Carlyle, her birth parents and ourselves!

2 Nicole R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Adoptions of Indiana! We chose to work with this agency when we starting looking into infant adoption because of the care, education and compassion they provide to all involved parties. Through their workshops, counseling and advising, they really give you the tools necessary to develop and maintain healthy, child-centered attitudes and outlooks. They were with us every step of the way through our adoption, from the initial meetings, through the home study, to the match meetings, the birth, and post birth! As a result of their guidance, we have been able to facilitate and maintain a positive, healthy relationship with our birth family, and that is absolutely priceless for our daughter!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family began our adoption journey in January of 2015. We first went to another agency, but didn't really trust them because they were charging a ton of money and weren't social workers. We came to Adoptions of Indiana shortly thereafter and we knew right away they were the right choice for us. Not only did they provide excellent information, training, and screening, but they were so kind and brave for us in trying times. We had a number of failed adoptions, truly horrible stories that stunned my wife and I. We would not have made it through this process without our friends at AOI. They worked tirelessly on our behalf, answered our questions, counseled us in really dark times, and kept us going until we reached our goal, of adding to our family. In November of 2016 they connected us to our beautiful daughter Sadie, and the effect that she has had on our lives has changed us forever. None of this would have been possible, nor would we have made it through this process emotionally, if it weren't for the wonderful PEOPLE of AOI. They are a great nonprofit; they are even more an amazing group of women. We love them and consider them part of our family.

3 Heather H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love AOI! We began our journey towards adoption in Feb 2017. They gave us all the information we needed to be successful and confident in our home study. The education classes they require are incredibly pertinent to the issues families face. The support they provide on both ends, expectant/birth parents and adoptive/hopeful adoptive families, is unmatched. We met with other agencies before beginning the process and none compared to the group at AOI. We are so thankful for this organization and their help along the way.

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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!

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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.

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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.