About Us

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Every child in a loving and caring home. Every adoptee and parent supported. Every community educated.

About Adoptions of Indiana

Adoptions of Indiana is a full service adoption agency. We provide services such as adoptive preparation/home studies, adoptive education, matching, placement, post-placement supervision, and ongoing adoption education and support to adoptive families, adoption options counseling to expectant parents, pre and post-placement counseling and support services to birth families, search and reconnection services to adult adoptees, and community adoption education.

Adoptions of Indiana was founded in 1995 by professionals in the fields of mental health and social work whose lives were personally touched by adoption. Adoptions of Indiana is licensed by the State of Indiana as a child-placing agency and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  All of our clinical staff are licensed social workers with extensive expertise in adoption, grief and loss, and child welfare issues.

Our agency is a member of the National Council for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. In addition to being licensed in the state of Indiana, we are also licensed and approved by the state of Connecticut to assist their families who are adopting children born in Indiana.

Adoptions of Indiana provides domestic and international adoption services to Indiana residents. We know that as you begin to gather information about adoption you’re likely to have more questions. In fact, the more you know, the more questions you’ll probably have. We recognize the importance of receiving valuable information and believe that by providing you with knowledge, tools, and education on various adoptive issues, we are empowering you through your adoption process. Our staff works closely with each expectant parent and/or prospective adoptive family to educate and support them in developing an adoption plan that is child-centered and appropriate to their specific needs.

We know first-hand that the adoption process, at any stage, is stressful. We strive to anticipate and respond to your ongoing needs. Our highly experienced staff is on-call for emergencies and offers evening and weekend hours for appointments when necessary.

 

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Meet Our Staff

Meg Sterchi | ACSW, LCSW

Executive Director

Meg Sterchi, a founder and the executive director of ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the area of adoption. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and social work focusing on children and families, mental health, and education. For the last 25 of those years she has focused on working with birth and adoptive families, preparing and supporting them throughout the adoption process. She also has personal experience with adoption, as an adoptive mother. It was this personal experience that led her to open ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA.

Meg’s work focuses on the clinical issues surrounding private, domestic, and international adoption. Meg firmly believes that adoption is a loving choice for an unexpected pregnancy and is dedicated to the education and preparation of adoptive families and to the continuing improvement of the public's perception of adoption. She is guided by her philosophy that a major focus of adoption agencies should be to prepare, support, and educate all parties involved in an adoption. Children are best served by parents who are well prepared to understand and deal with adoptive issues that arise throughout the adoptive life cycle.

Meg was honored by the US Congress in 2013 as a CCAI Angel in Adoption.  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She received her MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work and her BA from Purdue University.

Meg, her husband, David, and their two sons Grant and Gavin are blessed to be a family joined together through adoption. They enjoy biking, traveling, sailing, and other water sports together.

'I've had the honor of working with women considering adoption and birth mothers for over 25 years. I'm always impressed with their grit and desire to put the needs of their children first, whether that is by making an adoption plan or by choosing to parent. Walking by their sides throughout the process and building supportive relationships that have lasted years, sometimes decades, is one of my favorite parts of the adoption process.'

Jennifer Morrissey | MSW, LSW

Social Work Supervisor

Jennifer Morrissey started working in the field of adoption in 1999 and quickly discovered her passion for adoption. She began working in domestic adoption, but when a need came for someone to take over the international programs, she quickly learned about the possibilities within international adoption, and what joy it was to find homes for orphaned children. Through her international work, Jennifer has had the pleasure and opportunity to travel around the world.

Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She loves working with families in every stage of the adoption process, seeing them through the various stops on the adoption journey to becoming a forever family. She believes in the value of education, and being prepared to parent a child according to their individual needs.

Jennifer enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family. She has three children: Aidan, Alyssa, and Eli.

‘Adoption is a journey of many emotions and I love that I get to be a part of supporting a family as they become parents.’

Allison Montgomery | MSW, LCSW

Adoption Specialist

Allison Montgomery is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and her Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University. She worked primarily with children and families during her career in such areas as homelessness, mental health, and school social work prior to joining ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA in 2007.

Allison became interested in the adoption field as she and her husband began the process of their child’s adoption from China. She has developed a deep respect for the adoptive process and both the difficult and amazing journey it allows. She feels fortunate to have personal understanding of what adoptive parents experience. This has also helped her know how important it is to educate oneself on adoption and the possible needs of the adopted child.

Allison and her husband, James, welcomed home Maya in 2007 and are thrilled to be her parents. They enjoy time together as a family. Allison enjoys traveling, reading, sports, and has a deep passion and love for animals.

Amy Nicholas | BSW, LSW

Coordinator of Outreach & Supervisor of Expectant/Birth Parent Services

Amy Nicholas received her Bachelors of Social Work from Indiana University in 1992 and immediately began working in the field of adoption and foster care. Amy has worked for licensed child placement agencies in Indiana, Illinois, and Colorado. She works primarily in outreach, education, and supervises expectant/birth parent services. Amy has a passion for educating the public and professionals about adoption and empowering her clients to make positive decisions. She values the impact that compassion, honesty, education, options counseling and support have on all members of the adoption triad. Amy brings both warmth and joy to Adoptions of Indiana.

Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their three children; Sarah, Stuart, and Eddie. She has become both a “Sports Mom” and a “Show Choir Mom”.

‘It is such an honor and a humbling experience to walk alongside expectant parents/birth parents who are making the best plan possible for their children, whether that be parenting or adoption.’

Malinda Cox | LMHC

Adoption specialist

Malinda Cox is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She worked primarily with children and families in foster care, post-adoption, and school counseling prior to joining Adoptions of Indiana.

Malinda loves spending time with her husband, Adam and their two year old, Violet. As a family they enjoy traveling, hiking and all things outdoors, eating donuts around Indy, and kitchen dance parties.

Amber Sermersheim | BS

Office and Development Manager

Amber Sermersheim is a graduate of Ball State University where she earned a Bachelors in Legal Studies.  After four years in the legal field, she was called to the nonprofit sector and has worked in fundraising and donor development since 2012.  Amber is eager to serve birth and adoptive families and support the work of AOI where ever possible.

Amber and her husband Adam, are parents to three year-old Colton and enjoy the adventure that comes with toddler life. Together, they enjoy football, home improvement projects and family trips.

Our Efforts In Humanitarian Outreach

We recognize the importance of our local and global community to treasure the world's most valuable resource, our children.
Whether we are driving across Indiana or flying across oceans, we are actively making a difference in our community throughout the state and the world. For our community, we provide:
  1. Expertly prepared presentations for attorneys, health care professionals, and many more who need an in-depth study of adoption
  2. Continuing educational training sessions for the adoption community through conferences, workshops and seminars
  3. Adoption education seminars for secondary schools and universities
  4. International humanitarian efforts for South Africa’s AIDS orphans

Meet Our Board

Erin Keedy-Merk

President & Treasurer

Hi, my name is Erin Keedy-Merk and I am the President and Treasurer of the Adoptions of Indiana Board of Directors. I am currently a Finance Manager for a logistics company. I am also the proud wife of Meredith and mother of Carlyle and Lennon. My wife Meredith and I spoke to many agencies and we chose and loved AOI because they are child and birth mom-centered. When we adopted Carlyle, I knew I wanted to find a way to give back to this organization as they brought complete joy into our lives. I enjoy being a board member and helping guide, mold and impact AOI currently and into the future.

Amy Downs

Board Member

I’m a born and raised Hoosier, with all my immediate family still living in the city. My daughter, Bryn, is my greatest joy and greatest challenge 🙂 Her Dad and I adopted her at birth and we’re passionate about the positive benefits of open adoption. This has fueled my desire to be an active volunteer and Board Member for AOI. I’ve worked at Salesforce for 7 years where I’m a Regional VP of Sales. I graduated from Xavier University and enjoy watching sports, eating good food, Orange Theory classes, hanging with my mom and sisters, and traveling with my boyfriend.

Justin J. Angrick

Vice President

My name is Justin Angrick and I currently serve on the Adoptions of Indiana Board of Directors.  My daytime career is in construction management with Messer Construction here in Indianapolis.  Following completion of my civil engineering courses at Purdue, I married my wonderful wife and moved to the west side of Indianapolis.  We have put down our roots in the community and our church, Cornerstone Christian Church in Brownsburg.

My wife and I were led to adoption through prayer and consideration over the course of several years early in our marriage.  We’re an adoptive & foster family and have seen the wonderful joy and healing that adoption can bring.  It was this positive experience that led me to seek a way to donate my time and efforts to see more adoptees and adoptive families united.  My search led me to Adoptions of Indiana and I have been happily serving since early 2018.  I’m happy to see lives changed for the better in the same way that my family has been blessed through adoption.

Julie K. Keck | MD, FAAP

Board Member

My name is Julie Keck and I am a pediatrician and neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist.  I currently serve as  the Lead Medical Director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Indiana Medicaid Plan.  I have been with the organization for the past 6 years. Prior to that, I spent 10 years at Riley Children’s Hospital in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics.  There, I directed the International Adoption Program and evaluated children and youth at risk for special health care needs.

I am married to John Champley who is a pediatrician at Northpoint Pediatrics. We have 2 children and live on a family farm in Noblesville.  I am committed to AOI because I am committed to the health and well-being of children. AOI stands apart from the rest because it considers and respects the well-being of the birth parents, adoptive parents and children who connect them all. 

Tracie Meyer

Secretary

Hi, my name is Tracie Meyer and I am an IT Project Manager and high school soccer coach. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two fur babies. I decided to be part of the Board of Adoptions of Indiana because I am a firm believer in AOI's mission. I am fortunate to be part of something that changes so many lives. 

Our Partners

Adoptions of Indiana would like to thank the following individuals and corporations whose generous donations help make a loving family a possibility for many young children needing a home.
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