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February 2020

Journey to Adoption: Another Road to Parenthood

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on November 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th Street #325
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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Learn the differences of parenting by birth and parenting in adoption and practical tools for forming strong connections and attachment. Free for agency clients $75 for non-clients

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Adoption Orientation Session

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th Street #325
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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Curious about adoption but have no idea where to start? Join us for an informational session for interested families on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in our office. Amy Nicholas, Director of our Placement Program, will walk you through the adoption process, share real life experiences and answer any questions you might have.  This is a great opportunity to learn more and get the answers you've been looking for. Free orientation session

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March 2020

What Transracially Adopted Children Need from Their Parents

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adoptions of Indiana, 1980 E. 116th Street #325
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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Over the years adult adoptees have shared with us that love is not enough when parenting a child of another race. Through learning research on adult adoptee racial and adoption identity; hearing perspectives of adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals; and hearing VanderWoude's own experiences as a racial minority in a Caucasian family and community, attendees will quickly learn what transracially adopted children need from their parents. Additionally, this session will prepare parents for experiences and conversations their children…

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Workshops & Seminars

At Adoptions of Indiana, we pride ourselves in providing extensive, quality adoption education courses to all of our home study and placement families.  Given the current global health situation, out of an abundance of caution, and with public health recommendations in mind, we have built a comprehensive adoption education curriculum that will allow our families to learn, grow and reflect on adoption issues remotely. There will be no additional cost for your family to complete these trainings.

We are utilizing two respected adoption education platforms (Adoption Learning Partners and Creating A Family) to provide the most complete experience possible. This curriculum is designed to be taken in this particular order and these courses are required and should be completed by both spouses, if adopting as a couple. After each course, you will compile five takeaways or observations from the session and upload them to the online portal. Your family’s social worker will also be discussing these topics with you and address any questions you have. More information about the required classes will be available in the online portal as you move through the homestudy process.

Pre-Adoption Education

Support for Waiting Adoptive Parents And Families

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

This group is open to all waiting prospective adoptive families. Gain support, education, information, and network with other families also experiencing the unique challenges of “the wait.”  This event will be held virtually via Zoom from 6 – 8 pm. Feel free to enjoy a meal at home while we “visit”.

September 16, 2020
November 18, 2020
 
Contact Allison Montgomery to RSVP at allison@adoptionsofindiana.org.

Patricia Irwin Johnston

Invite your family members to get on board with your adoption journey! This class will help them identify adoption myths and misconceptions, as well as teach them to be a support system during the adoptive process.

 

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$50 per family

Cancellation/No-Show Policy: 48-hour notice required. If not provided, you will be invoiced for a $50 donation to Adoptions of Indiana.

Post-Adoption Education

Seminars

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Pre-school children are curious about the world around them. This class offers the opportunity to develop your skills in talking about adoption with your child and lay the groundwork for future conversations. This event will be held virtually via Zoom from 6 – 8 pm. 

October 28, 2020 

$25 per individual, $35 per couple.

Contact Allison Montgomery to RSVP at allison@adoptionsofindiana.org.

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Network with and discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain and offer support and exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns.

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$25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Nearly all adopted children are asked questions about adoption by friends, relative, neighbors, classmates, and strangers. Children, especially those ages 7-11 need to be prepared to handle these challenging moments. Adoptions of Indiana can help them learn how to respond to these questions through fun adoption related activities designed especially for this age group. Two parent sessions included and meet concurrently.


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The cost of this workshop is $200 per family.

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

As part of normal and healthy development, all teens grapple with their identity. Adopted teens face additional challenges in reconciling who they are with the uncertainties in their history. This group is for teens and offers guidance as we empower and equip them to handle the issues and questions that arise from their personal adoption story while they learn who they are as individuals.


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$200 per family

A workshop for adult adoptees to discuss how to emotionally prepare for search, find resources to start the process, and learn to navigate potential pitfalls along the way. This workshop will include information on Indiana adoption, petitioning, and the confidential intermediary process.

 

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$25 per individual

Youth Education

Seminars

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Pre-school children are curious about the world around them. This class offers the opportunity to develop your skills in talking about adoption with your child and lay the groundwork for future conversations.


Contact the agency for more information.

$25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

Network with and discuss living as a transracial adoptive family with others sharing this journey. Gain and offer support and exchange ideas. This is also a forum for parents to expand knowledge and share concerns.


Contact the agency for more information.

$25 per individual, $35 per couple

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

 

Nearly all adopted children are asked questions about adoption by friends, relative, neighbors, classmates, and strangers. Children, especially those ages 7-11 need to be prepared to handle these challenging moments. Adoptions of Indiana can help them learn how to respond to these questions through fun adoption related activities designed especially for this age group. Two parent sessions included and meet concurrently.


Contact the agency for more information. $200 per family

Allison Montgomery, LCSW

As part of normal and healthy development, all teens grapple with their identity. Adopted teens face additional challenges in reconciling who they are with the uncertainties in their history. This group is for teens and offers guidance as we empower and equip them to handle the issues and questions that arise from their personal adoption story while they learn who they are as individuals.


Contact the agency for more information.

$200 per family

Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 


Developed by an experienced educator, “Adoption Conversations” educates teens about infant adoption.  Presented by a trained educator and adoption specialist, the curriculum is flexible and can be modified to fit your school's needs.  Students will learn about and discuss the history of adoption, respectful adoption language, Indiana law, and modern adoption practices.  Students will hear the first hand account of a woman's journey through adoption as she lovingly made a plan for her child.


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A workshop for adult adoptees to discuss how to emotionally prepare for search, find resources to start the process, and learn to navigate potential pitfalls along the way. This workshop will include information on Indiana adoption, petitioning, and the confidential intermediary process.


Contact the agency for more information. $25 per individual

Professional Education

Seminars

Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 


Adoptions of Indiana's seminar for social workers and nurses will emphasize best practice when navigating an adoption plan in the hospital setting.  Our educator will provide a historical perspective of adoption, will teach the importance of respectful adoption language, and will identify modern adoption practices.  In addition, she will explore how social workers and nurses can support all members of the adoption triad in the hospital setting. We are pleased to be able to offer 1-2.5 CEHs from NASW for social workers who participate.


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Amy Nicholas, BSW, LSW 


“Students' ability to learn depends not just on the quality of their textbooks and teachers, but also on the comfort and safety they feel at school and the strength of their relationships with adults and peers there.” (Sarah Sparks, Education Week, 2016)  Adoptions of Indiana's seminar for educators will explore how teacher curricular decisions, language, and media choices impact students who joined their family through adoption in their classroom.  Professional development can be offered at your school and programming is flexible.


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