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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

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The counselors are amazing!! They listen intently and to what you want. They are extraordinary women and I would choose this place every time...time and time again.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana provided with the most wonderful adoption experience. We have a beautiful 6 month old little boy and it wouldn't of been possible without the hard work of Adoptions of Indiana. The services of education, counseling, and guidance they provide both the birth mother and adoptive families is instrumental in creating positive and long lasting relationships between the two. We have a great and loving relationship with our child's birth family and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you so much Meg, Amy, and Allison for all your work. We are looking forward to doing this with you again in the coming year.
Thank you,
Tim and Lindsay

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Adoptions of Indiana and we could not thank them enough for helping us grow our family. They are so supportive with everyone involve.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana is a professional delight in the adoption community. They excell in all areas of adoption advocacy; providing support, encouragement, and hope for not only prospective adoptive families, but for the birth mothers and birth families too while treating everyone with the upmost respect. These individuals working along side these families are true inspirational heroes themselves!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana is the best phone call you can make if you find yourself in an unexpected pregnancy, want more information about adoption, or would like to adopt. The staff is kind, supportive, professional, and knowledgeable. They understand the challenges facing adopting parents as well as expecting parents. They treat people with compassion and simultaneously provide exceptional services and information. They have helped countless families in the adoption process with grace, compassion, and understanding. They will be with you through this process.

I am on the board with Adoptions of Indiana and I am so grateful to be a part of this agency.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Any experience in any adoption situation is life changing for all parties involved. I couldn't have picked a better group of people to help me along my way. Meg Sterchi is extremely dedicated and loving to everyone she comes in contact with. She always went above and beyond to make sure I understand my rights as a birthmom. The best part is, after placement, the relationship doesn't end. Adoption through AOI is not a business transaction at all. It is the beginning of a whole new chapter in life.
As difficult and painful as adoption can be, I couldn't have made the best choices possible without someone making sure I understood everything. From deciding adoption was best, to finding and meeting my son's parents, to the moment I gave birth, Meg was the strongest support system for me and held my hand so to say all along the way. I know I can always get hold of her if and when I need and she will be there to listen and offer advice now just as she did when I found AOI and was researching my options.
Overall, I can't honestly rate how gentle and loving Adoptions of Indiana is but I can say I was extremely blessed to have found them and I couldn't have done it any other way.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom and dad attended the same church as Meg Sterchi when they adopted me over 25 years ago. Meg knew me as an infant, and I even knew her children growing up. When I found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy in 2013, Meg lovingly welcomed me into her office with open arms for counseling and support.

Throughout my pregnancy, I experienced a nonjudgmental atmosphere at Adoptions of Indiana that truly fostered my freedom to choose whether or not I wanted to parent or go through with my adoption plan. Meg was extremely knowledgeable, which was a very comforting aspect. I ultimately went through with my adoption plan, and I actually chose a family who completed their adoption training classes through Adoptions of Indiana. When I was in labor, Meg came to the hospital to visit me, and she was there for support afterward, as well. I still attend counseling sessions with Meg periodically, which are free of charge to me as a birth mother, and I also attend other birth mother events that Adoptions of Indiana so graciously puts on.

I am so grateful to Meg and all of the staff at AOI for giving me such a wonderful experience, both during my pregnancy and post-adoption. They all genuinely care 100% for every single client they have, and their passion for adoption is clearly visible. I am so grateful to be a birth mother who was blessed to work with Adoptions of Indiana, and I highly recommend their services to any prospective adoptive parents or to those who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. I didn’t feel like I was just one of their clients, but rather I felt as if I was a woman whose needs were cared about every step of the way. I felt like a friend. AOI goes above and beyond and actually strives to form loving friendships with their clients that are lasting. They truly are committed for a lifetime.

4 Amanda198

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana has been by my side for 10 years. Through my journey as a birthmom, and well beyond, they have supported me with love, true friendship, and genuine love. I am so proud of their amazing work, and look forward to many more decades of working with them.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

So amazing!Amy and Becky have been angels.I can't thank them enough.AOI is an amazing organization and truly care. :)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meg and the staff members are great! They truly care about each and everyone they come in contact with. From the start of your journey, they are there for you. The relationship we've formed, is every lasting

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met with several different agencies and law firms. Our search was over when we came to Adoptions of Indiana. They truly care about what they do and all of the people they work with. The extra care they put into working with their expectant mothers before and after birth was the deciding factor for us.

4 Cindy171

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was 30 yrs old when my daughter was born & we adopted her. We had spoken to another agency who told us if we had to get loans or us credit cards to pay for the adoption than we had no business doing so...Adoptions of Indiana returned a call to set up a meeting a couple of weeks of the other agency and when I reported my concern & that I felt defeated, I was assured that this should never be an issue as not many people would likely have this sum of money on hand & they felt bad I had that experience. Needless to say we selected them to handle our home study for the adoption & have always been treated w respect as well as respected the birthmother. It's been almost 13 years since my daughter's adoption & I still contact Adoptions of Indiana for advice on topics regarding this topic. I can't say how comforting it is to know I can after all this time they still do not hesitate to assist questions.

Cindy

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We searched agencies both locally and around the country, and after talking with a couple of staff members at Adoptions of Indiana, our search was over – we knew we’d found the right place!

We were drawn to their approach which involves educating not only adoptive parents, but also expectant moms, dads and their families. This education begins the moment you walk in the door and continues long after baby is born – priceless! We loved that their view and all that they support is truly child centered. Their ongoing support of expectant families is amazing and a firm reminder that this process is NOT one sided. We love this!

The team at Adoptions of Indiana is a group of experts that’s poised and ready to walk you through every step of the process in a kind, respectful and professional manner. The way they go through the up-front research, their knowledge of how to navigate the process (and willingness to find the answers if they don’t have them at their fingertips) coupled with their staff’s compassion to always do what’s best when leading you through tough spots really blew us away, and proved to my husband and I that they’re incredibly reliable and trustworthy. In the midst of a particularly tough decision, Meg and Jennifer made themselves available late into the evening...no matter what, they were there for us and we couldn't get over their compassion and desire to support us! The ENTIRE TEAM at AOI is professional, yet feels like extended family to us.

We’re so thankful that Adoptions of Indiana is helping us build our family through adoption. We couldn't recommend them more highly and appreciate all that they've taught us and the way they support whomever walks through their door!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about our new family at AOI! We initially met with them last fall and they quickly helped us find our perfect match and held our hands through the whole process of bringing our daughter home this August.

We loved that they really got to know us and helped us navigate our relationship with our birth mother by being there for our first meeting and future coaching. They made the journey affordable and provided so much great education. Now that we are home, we are even more pleased with them as they have continued to check in on us and continue to do so much for our birth mother through counseling, support groups and more. That peace, of knowing she is being loved on, means the world to us!

All it takes is one meeting and you will see why we love them so much!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana and the wonderful people involved, came into my life after I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. In my case I had always known that the needs of my child needed to come first, and even though I could give her a great life, I wanted her to have the best life. The people of AOI are by far some of the most caring and educated people regarding open adoption and they are incredibly sensitive to the feeling of a birthmother. Because of the wonderful counseling and education, my daughter's adoptive parents and I, would not have the amazing relationship that we have. They strive to educate and I believe they go above and beyond. I would not be where I am today without the loving counseling services and networking I have received. Every one is so full of love and support and you truly feel apart of an amazing family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We picked Adoptions of Indiana after our initial informational meeting with them. We liked the feeling we got from Amy and the approach she took at explaining adoption and their process. We previously gathered information from other sources, but were referred by friends and Adoptions of Indiana felt like the right place. We didn't feel like we were being "sold" on their agency and were even encouraged to look into other options to make sure we picked the right option and agency for us.

Adoptions of Indiana has a great program setup including an easy home study process, a great educational program for adoptive parents, counseling/education for expectant/birth families and ongoing education as needed. They also have a very competitive and one of the most reasonable fee schedules we saw. Everyone we've come into contact with at Adoptions of Indiana has been welcoming and friendly, like we are part of their family and not only a client!

Our family ended up adopting from another state and unfortunately had to work with another agency in that state. However Meg and the Adoptions of Indiana team helped facilitate the meeting with the expectant family and found us an agency that would work well with us and our situation. They continued to work with us, the expectant family and the out-of-state agency until the end in order to make sure that we were taken care of and things went smoothly during the adoption process.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

19 years ago I met Meg Sterchi, a founder and the executive director of this organization. I was 15 years old and experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. When I first met her, I had not yet made my decision on if I would keep my baby or make an adoption plan. Meg was very kind and supportive throughout the process of my decision making. I did decide on an adoption plan and she has been there every step of the way for me. From the first time I called my birth child's future adoptive parents letting them know I had "chosen" them, to meeting my birth daughter for the first time after she turned 18, Meg has been there for me. I have always felt supported by her. A few times over the years when communication was lacking, Meg knew just the right way to intervene to get things back on track with my child's adoptive family. I have always appreciated the respect she showed me even when I was a scared, pregnant 15 year old. I can't imagine going through the adoption process without Adoptions of Indiana. Without Adoptions of Indiana, my experience of placing a child for adoption would not have been the same. I now have an extraordinary grown 18 year old birth daughter, who has amazing adoptive parents and we can all credit our relationship to Adoptions of Indiana! Thank you!

1 Chris165

Client Served

Rating: 5

AD-IN was absolutely wonderful to work with. We love their philosophy and how they work with birthmoms. Our situation was a bit unusal because although we lived in Indiana we were adopting from Kentucky so there were alot of legal intricacies. They were always knowledgable and responsive. They are truly focused on creating loving families and they add a personal touch that made us feel very comfortable. If we adopt again, we'll definitely be back!

1 avbowman219

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone at Adoptions of Indiana was wonderful to work with. They knew so much about adoption and all the available resources. They have a love for the adoption process as well as for the birth parents. They were honest, provided great training and education, they were just a huge support through the entire process. We could not thank them enough and would recommend them to everyone we know!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I just recently went through Adoptions of Indiana to adopt our son. I cannot say enough good things about this organization! Their expertise, care and love for the birth mothers and their clients is incredible! i have passed their information onto several different families. If/when we adopt again, we will definitely be coming back :)

1 Staci B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I used Adoptions of Indiana in 2012 when we began the adoption process for an identified older child in Ethiopia. From the first call, Jennifer Morrissey, was so patient and helpful, answering our multitude of questions. We were in unfamiliar waters and Adoptions of Indiana helped us navigate our way through it. From selecting our International agency to being a liaison between that agency and us, we felt cared for at every step. Our home studies were relaxed and helpful and the required classes contained a wealth of information, as well as available experts in the field of adoption. We met others through our classes that were also adopting- and have since formed relationships with others who have adopted through Adoptions of Indiana and Ethiopia. There is great support after the process is complete, as well. I absolutely recommend Adoptions of Indiana to anyone seeking an agency with big resources, but a small family-like feel!

2 JamieSM

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family cannot say enough about Adoptions of Indiana (AOI). We have worked with them for all three of our adoptions, both International and domestic. We came across them back in 2010 when we started the process of adopting from India. We were working with an agency in Texas for the adoption but needed to find a local agency that could do our homestudy, was Hague accredited, and could work with us after the adoption for all of the post placement requirements that India has. Adoptions of Indiana was so easy to work with. They jumped right in, assigned us a social worker, got us all the information that we needed to start working on and called our TX adoption agency to make sure everyone was on the same page. International adoption is never a short process but we had wonderful support from AOI the entire time while we waited for our daughter to come home.

A year or so later, we wanted to give our daughter a sibling and decided to do a domestic adoption. We looked into some programs and decided to go with a partner agency to the International agency we'd used before in Texas. Once again, we called AOI and started the paperwork! Long story short, the domestic agency we were signed up with in Texas didn't end up working out for us so when I contacted our social worker at AOI to see what our options were, she let me know that their domestic program had been launched and we were welcome to sign up with them. We thought and thought and after many months we decided to make the switch. We ended up getting matched to a wonderful young couple and brought home our baby boy a couple of months later.

We were lucky enough to be matched to a couple that we have an open adoption with and are blessed to have in our lives and our children's lives. Unexpectedly, 9 months after the birth of our son, I received a call from AOI. Our son's biological parents were pregnant again and wanted us to adopt their child ... our son's full biological sibling ... that was due in 2 months!!! We thought about it and prayed about it and brought home another son 2 months later. Without the support and love and dedication from the staff of AOI none of this would have been possible. I cannot say enough about them. They care about the clients. They care about the birthparents. They care about the children. You are not a nameless being to them or a fee or a client. You are part of their family and you feel it the second you walk through their doors or speak to them on the phone for the first time. They are absolutely wonderful to work with!

1 Brooke G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had a difficult time finding a local agency and were so close to working with an out of state agency, until someone told us about Adoptions of Indiana. We wanted to work with an agency that made us feel like family, had time for us throughout our journey and something very important for us was their compassion and care for expectant and birth moms pre-placement and after. We are so grateful that Adoptions of Indiana has been put in our lives. Our journey is just beginning and I already feel 100% confident that we made the right decision for our family. We feel such encouragement and support from the staff and I cannot say enough positive things about them!

2 Christy29

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family used Adoptions of Indiana when we adopted our first time from Ethiopia, about 5 years ago. Our social worker helped us understand the process, and was a perfect fit for our family's personality. Pre- and post-adoption, Adoptions of Indiana was always there to give direction and ask questions, no matter how big or small.
When we decided to adopt from Ethiopia again, we couldn't imagine working with another agency. We were very relieved that our current process's homestudy could also be served by Adoptions of Indiana. They have a wealth of resources available, know their stuff, are very on top of time frames, and are quickly responsive to any needs that come up. We feel our social worker and Adoptions of Indiana is a very important part of our family, not just another agency.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband I and used Adoptions of Indiana when we adopted our son from Guatemala and then again several years later when we adopted our youngest son from Ethiopia. They helped make the adoption process smooth and helped us every step of the way. We couldn't have asked for better people to work with through it all. The staff is caring, wonderful, and truly amazing!


Shawna Moser

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MegSterchi 10/07/2014

Thank you for your review Shannon! We love hearing from you guys. Please know we're always here for you and your family!

2 Frank41

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Lauren turned 15 months old just a few days ago and I thought I would take a few minutes to thank Adoptions of Indiana for not only making our family possible, but for standing with us for both the good and not so good parts of our adoption journey. My partner Andy and I had to live through the pain of an adoption that we were not able to finalize and ended up having to give up our child that we had cared for, for over a month. They were there with us when we needed them. A few short months later Adoptions of Indiana matched us with a wonderful couple and that was the beginning of our adoption journey leading us to our beautiful daughter Lauren Elizabeth.

When we first started our adoption journey I wondered, like many, why the cost was so high to adopt a a baby. It was during this time that I realized just how much was involved in an adoption. The A of I team was focused not just on us, but on the well being of both the birth parents and the unborn child that would become our daughter. It was after this experience that I never again complained about the cost of adoption... it has been worth every penny. In fact the love and care of the Adoption's of Indiana crew is priceless!

Love,
Frank and Andy

1 Megan71

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I began working with Adoptions of Indiana after looking at many different agencies. We truly felt the women at this agency truly cared for everyone involved in an adoption plan. We felt like they would be a resource for us long after the adoption took place. Their adoption classes are amazing and gave us extensive resources and information on adoptive parenting. They make you feel very comfortable and work with you on any questions you may have throughout the process. My husband and I became pregnant unexpectedly and have put our adoption plans on hold for now, but we still stay in contact with our Adoptions of Indiana family and we recommend them to anyone we know thinking about adoption. They are a huge blessing to us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adoptions of Indiana is absolutely a God send! They have been wonderful working with us and they are super flexible. After working with other adoption agencies and organizations we have found that Adoptions of Indiana truly care about the children and also us! It's remarkable how blessed we feel to have found them. They are personable and professional and this is not easy to find these days. The staff has been great. We have worked with Meg, Julie, and Jennifer. Al three are wonderful. We have had so many ups and downs in our adoption process and every time we felt like giving up we find AOI to be there supporting us and willing to go the extra mile with whatever we need. Jennifer has constantly been available to us and she is so quick to respond to our emails(we live overseas) and she is so knowledgable and experienced that we can rest easy knowing she is working on our behalf. Meg has been so flexible in working with us and even when she is busy as director she has taken time to help us on a personal level. We would recommend AOI hands down to anyone who asks. Thank you AOI for caring about us and our family and working with us in our unique situation! We truly love AOI:-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I chose Adoptions of Indiana because 2 other families we know had used their services and were very please. We received the same great service. The staff are all so caring and always available when needed. We had a great experience and I feel it is because both the birth parents and my husband and I had great counciling and knew what to expect thru the entire process. We couldn't have asked for it to go any better than it did. We are forever grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter decided to give her baby up for adoption. I was referred to Adoptions of Indiana by a friend who is a minister. The love and care that was given to us was nothing short of incredible. My granddaughter chose parents for her son that had a similar interest to hers - music. We met them, we came to love them, and the fact that our little boy be be raised by these folks is so wonderful.

The staff we worked with at Adoptions of Indiana were also way above what we had expected. They were helpful, kind, and gave us all the support we needed to make the right decision for our little boy. We have already suggested the service to others and would suggest that you talk to them if you need such services.