ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA is a licensed, not-for-profit, child-placing agency dedicated to giving hope to children, birth parents, and adoptive families.
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Happy New Year Friends!
We hope 2019 is off to a good start for you and your family. With the new year, comes new goals and resolutions. At Adoptions of Indiana, we have also set goals for the new year: to serve more expectant families, to empower and equip more families and to raise crucial funds to provide options counseling and lifelong support.
With the New Year approaching, many of us are reflecting on the past year and making plans for 2019. One thing that never changes, year over year, is the lifelong support we provide our families.
This Christmas, dozens of gifts were donated for three birth families. Friends of AOI, like you, donated everything from books and clothes, to baby dolls and dinosaurs, to gift cards and pots and pans. We worked with two of these families this year, but one of the women we wanted to support this year, is a birth mom from a number of years ago who is now fighting cancer. We are always, ALWAYS, here to provide free support, counseling, and community as long as it is wanted.
Just two weeks ago, we hosted our Birth Family Christmas Party here in the office. We caught up with families from years past, celebrated new babies and engagements(!) and enjoyed the company of one other. We also host a Birth Parent Support Network, an online community where birth parents can safely and respectfully discuss relationships with their child's adoptive family, celebrate new photos or comfort each other through difficult times.
Events and special projects like these are always available to birth families at no cost to them. The ONLY way this level of support and commitment is possible, is through the support of our generous donors. We thank you for your continued support.
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We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with all our clients – adoptive, expectant and birth families. As we get to know them, we hope to gain insight into their family dynamics and how we can best support them.
This week, we want to share “Kaitlin's” story with you. Kaitlin is a birth mom who previously made an adoption plan for a child. A couple years later, she found herself pregnant again, in a very difficult situation. She again reached out to us and Amy, spent time with her providing support and options counseling. Kaitlin ultimately chose an adoptive family for her baby,
Two days later, she went into early labor. Because her family situation was so strained, she called Amy to be with her during this scary time. Kaitlin, unfortunately, lost the baby, but Amy spent three days in the hospital with her, providing support, advocating for her with the doctors and hospital staff, and helping navigate her family dynamics.
It is impossible to assign a value to the time Amy was able to spend with Kaitlin. Our commitment to the families we serve is unparalleled. The ONLY way this level of service is possible, is through the support of our generous donors. We thank you for your continued support.
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We are loving receiving family holiday cards in the mail and special gifts for our Birth Family Christmas Wishes. We hope you are continuing (or creating!) traditions with your child's birth family.
As we take a look at the untold stories of Adoptions of Indiana, let's talk about the importance of education.
Educating the general public about what adoption really looks like and what openness really means. We do this by participating in community events and taking calls daily with general questions about the adoption process.
Educating families interested in adoption through personal, FREE consultations. This year, we spent more than 250 hours getting to know 80+ families. We tell them who we are and what we value to determine if we are the best fit for them.
Educating healthcare providers and social workers about the importance of respectful adoption language. This year, we traveled the state, to nearly 25 locations, providing FREE professional training for women's centers, OB/GYN staff and social workers.
Educating expectant women and their families about their rights. The right to openness, the right to counseling, the right to community and support, the right to select your baby's adoptive parents and the right to be free from pressure as they make this important decision.
These education services are critical as we continue to change the culture of adoption, support birth moms and empower healthcare providers to ensure their patients are informed. The ONLY way this is possible, is through the support of our generous donors. We pride ourselves in offering quality education to families, professionals and women all across the state of Indiana and we appreciate your support to allow us to continue this important work.
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As we reflect on some recent placements and prepare for an upcoming delivery, we are always thinking about how we can provide MORE support, love and care to the families we serve. From meeting with the hospital social workers to ensure they know what to expect, to visiting with birth moms as they begin to heal, physically and emotionally, there are many parts of adoption you DON'T hear about. We'd like to share a few of those stories with you.
Hello from your friends at Adoptions of Indiana! A big focus for our agency this year is Growing Community. We’re using social media and in-person meet ups to strengthen our adoption community!
We are excited to announce a couple of events on our calendar – we hope you’ll join us!
2018 is off to a busy start at Adoptions of Indiana! We have been lucky enough to be a part of the start of three adoption journeys already. With each new start, we are reminded of the unique and precious nature of each adoption story. While they are not without grief, pain, and challenge, it is beautiful to see birth and adoptive parents unite to put the child at the center of their decision-making.
Holiday Greetings! Hard to believe the holidays are upon us again! As we wrap up 2017, we wanted to take a moment to reach out and reconnect with you, our friends, family, clients, and community. A lot has gone on this year and we’re excited to share a bit about it with you. Throughout this year, we have been reminded time and again that it is only because of you that we are able to pursue our mission, and for that we humbly thank you.
We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out on October 8th to celebrate, build community, and fundraise! The turnout was awesome and we loved the new location at the Downtown Indy Canal Walk. There was an endless supply of kids’ activities and Clif bars and the DJ kept things groovy. The Halloween costumes added a flair to the festivities; both Batman and Spiderman made an appearance!