October 26, 2018

Learn about adoption, foster care as pro‑life options at events in November

Criterion staff report

Adoption creates a pro-life alternative for mothers considering abortion. With National Adoption Awareness month approaching in November, The Criterion has compiled a list from the Internet of events in central and southern Indiana celebrating adoption and providing information for couples who want to learn more about adoption.

The list also includes events promoting foster care as a loving option for children either needing a home temporarily or awaiting adoption. According to www.adoptuskids.org, there are nearly 9,300 children in foster care in Indiana needing a temporary or permanent home and a loving family.

Catholic-based adoption events and services

  • Nov. 3, 3-6 p.m.: St. Elizabeth | Coleman Pregnancy & Adoption Services, 2500 Churchman Ave., in Indianapolis, will host its annual free Fall Festival with family-friendly activities such as games, face painting, music and more, with food and drinks available for small fee. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with staff and others connected to adoption. For more information, go to www.givingbirthtohope.org or call 317‑787-3412.
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities in New Albany offers adoption services for residents of Kentucky and Indiana through Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana. For more information, go to www.adoptionbridges.org or call 502‑585-4369.

Other adoption and foster care events in central and southern Indiana

  • Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Adoption Awareness booth hosted by Indiana Adoption Program (a statewide initiative to find adoptive families for youth in foster care, which is a partnership between Children’s Bureau, Inc., and Indiana Department of Child Services) at Center Grove Craft Fair, Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, in Greenwood, $2 admission fee for craft fair.
  • Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Adoption Awareness booth hosted by Indiana Adoption Program at Holiday Bazaar, Batesville Primary School, 760 State Road 46 W., in Batesville, free.
  • Nov. 16, 4-8 p.m.: National Adoption Month celebration hosted by Indiana Adoption Program at Terre Haute Children’s Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., in Terre Haute, free with ticket obtained through registration at bit.ly/2EvC9Ga (case sensitive). Information: Anna Wolak at awolak@childrensbureau.org.
  • Nov. 17, 5:45-7:45 p.m.: National Adoption Month celebration hosted by Indiana Adoption Program at Kidscommon, 309 Washington St., in Columbus, free with ticket obtained through registration at bit.ly/2IVP4zs (case sensitive). Information: Anna Wolak at awolak@childrensbureau.org.
  • Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m.: Adoption Awareness booth hosted by Indiana Adoption Program at Love One Orphan Sunday event, Emmanuel Church, 1640 Stones Crossing West Road, in Greenwood, free.

(General information about adoption and foster care in Indiana can be found online through the Indiana Department of Child Services at adoptachild.in.gov and www.in.gov/dcs/fostercare.htm, or through the Children’s Bureau, Inc., at www.childrensbureau.org or by contacting them at 888-25-ADOPT or iap@childrensbureau.org.)

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