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

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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.

2 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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1 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!

2

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.

5

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!

1

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

1

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

Previous Stories
2

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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband and I decided to adopt we spoke with several different adoption agencies. Of all those we spoke too, Adoptions of Indiana was clearly the best choice for our family. They were completely honest about what the process was going to look like and didn't sugar coat the fact that it would take time and could be messy. They did do everything they could to prepare us for what we were going to experience both during our adoption and as adoptive parents. The education they offered truly made us more equipped to be parents. On top of that the counseling they offer prospective birth mothers helped us feel that the women we would be dealing with truly knew what they were getting in to. We waited almost two years before bringing our daughter home, but Adoptions of Indiana was with us every step of the way. They were extremely understanding of our frustrations and always willing to listen. When the time came for us to meet our daughter (with only 12 hours notice) they went above and beyond to be there with us and coach us through everything. I honestly don't think we could have done it without them. Now it makes me feel good to know that our daughter's birth mother is still able to get the counseling she needs to help her adjust to the choice that she made. We are so happy with the service Adoptions of Indiana provided for us and can't recommend them enough.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We used Adoptions of Indiana to complete our family. From the first meeting to even now, they have been amazing and very supportive in every aspect. The staff is phenomenal and always there for support. Our adoption was a bit complicated and they had our best interest at heart every step of the way. We have been asked about adoption throughout our adventure and we cannot say enough great things about Allison, Amy and Meg and how hard they worked for us.