Indiana Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Indiana 

Adoptive parents in Indiana are required to complete the application packet issued by the county or agency; complete 16 hours of training, do criminal background checks and CPS checks as required by the state of Indiana; complete homestudy process with the county or agency that is working with the adoptive parent. Once the preparation process has been completed, they may be considered as a potential pre-adoptive placement for waiting children.  Families are selected for consideration based on characteristics that indicate they may be a good match for the waiting child and able to best meet that child’s individual needs.

Families who plan to adopt their stepchildren, grandchildren, or relatives can do a direct placement from the child’s parents. All others are required by the state of Indiana to use the County Office of Family and Children (OCF) or a licensed child-placing agency to facilitate the adoption.

Foster Care in Indiana

In Indiana, foster parents must be licensed by the Department of Child Services.  The requirements for licensure include:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Passing a criminal history and background check that includes a fingerprint-based national history
  • Demonstrating financial stability
  • Own or renting your own home that meets physical safety standards
  • Medical statements from a physician for all household members
  • Successful completion of pre-service training requirements
  • Successful completion of First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions training
  • Positive personal reference statements
  • Foster parents do not need to be married. They may be single or cohabitating. A live-in relationship with a significant other or same-sex partner should be established for at least one year to demonstrate stability.
  • Home visits from the Regional Licensing Specialist
  • Completion of all required Casey Foster Family Assessments
  • Completing all required forms within the licensing packet

If the family meets all of the requirements for licensure, a standard foster family home license is issued by DCS for foster parents to provide care for appropriately matched children in need of a foster home placement setting. This requires 10 hours of Pre-Service training, along with First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions training. Licenses are issued for a period of four years. To maintain this license annual reviews are conducted by the Regional Foster Care Specialist in order to update the foster family’s personal information and determine that the family continues to meet the requirements for licensure, and the foster parents are required to take 15 hours of In-Service training each year. 

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS)

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) protects children from abuse and neglect, and works to ensure their financial support through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the state of Indiana.

302 West Washington Street, Room E306
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone:  (888) 252-3678

A Bond 0f Life, Inc.

ABL Adoptions is a Licensed Child Placing Agency with offices in Indiana and Louisiana helping connect birth parents with prospective adoptive parents. ABL Adoptions also specializes in domestic home studies and home studies associated with the adoption of embryos.

140 ½ South Main Street
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
Phone: (317) 873-3841
             (866) 650-5683

The Adoption Center

The Adoption Center is a private, nonprofit adoption agency licensed in Illinois and Indiana. The agency  provides comprehensive adoption services and counseling to birth parents and adoptive parents. Services include home study and post-placement services, counseling, and introductions to prospective birth parents. 

8645 Connecticut St. 
Merrillville, Indiana 46410, 
Phone: (219) 795-9900


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 providing 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.

1980 E. 116th Street, Suite 325
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-574-8950

Benchmark Family Services

Benchmark’s mission is to provide stable and caring placements for youth in need of out-of-home care by providing and coordinating programs and services in cooperation with referring child welfare agencies.

Benchmark provides therapeutic foster care to youth in need by contracting with referring agencies to place in their foster homes. They recruit and train a network of professional foster homes ready to take in youth at a moment’s notice and support these homes with on-going training, 24/7 on-call availability, financial reimbursement and professional support staff. 

3042 State Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: (812) 799-0871
1625 Magnavox Way, Suite A
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Phone: (260) 310-6007
8002 Utah Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: (219) 769-0464
5546 Shorewood Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: (317) 352-9706
925 Mezzanine Drive, Suite A
Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone: (765) 588-6404
1750 E. 53rd Street
Anderson, IN 46013
Phone: (765) 284-3439
1818 Went Avenue
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Phone: (574) 252-5204

Centerstone’s Indiana Foster Care Select

Foster Care Select, a program of Centerstone, is a child placing agency that provides therapeutic foster care and adoption services to children and adolescents with a history of emotional and behavioral disorders. The offered services include Therapeutic Foster Care, Kinship Care Support, Family Reunification, Adoption Follow-along, Training and Step-parent home studies.

The program offers trainings to increase the skill level of foster parents, addresses the foster child’s individual treatment needs through therapeutic interventions such as individual and family therapy, medication management, and daily living skill training and provides in home support to foster parents and crisis intervention services for children in their homes.

3221 South Memorial Drive
New Castle, IN 47362
Phone: (765) 521-3010
              (866) 521-3010

645 South Rogers Street
Bloomington, IN 47403
Phone: (866) 521-3010 

Email:   Lynne Carter,
               Kelly Wolf,

Childplace, Inc.

Childplace, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency providing multiple treatment options for abandoned, abused, and/or neglected children and adolescents in need. The services and programs they offer include Childplace Residential Treatment and Foster Care Services that provide long-term residential care for children and adolescents removed from their homes due to issues of abuse, neglect, and/or other issues; The Bales Cottage for Girls, Childplace Adoption Services and Childplace Counseling Services.

Childplace Foster Care Services works with licensed foster homes within the surrounding communities of Jeffersonville, IN. The program aims at utilizing healthy patterns of discipline while primary relationships are mended, encouraging spiritual growth, providing respite care and step down services, having Case Managers on call 24/7 and utilizing intensive case management to maintain contact with parents, caseworkers and foster parents. The clients have access to services including Individual and Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychological Evaluation, Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Psychiatric Support.

2420 East 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812.282.8248

Children’s Bureau, Inc.

Children’s Bureau, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 licensed by the State of Indiana. Children’s Bureau works in partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services and other organizations statewide to preserve families and protect the future of Indiana’s children through a full array of community-based prevention and intervention services. 

Children’s Bureau Foster Care program strives to link children in foster care with the most committed, well-trained foster families Indiana has to offer and provide support to them through all steps of foster care and adoption. 

3801 North Temple Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
Phone: (317) 545-5281

Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. 

Managed by ResCare, Inc. Children’s Sanctuary, Inc. is a licensed, not-for-profit, IV-E  approved treatment foster care agency with programs in Indiana and Ohio. Children’s Sanctuary recruits and trains treatment foster parents, social workers, and case managers to provide twenty-four hour care and treatment in an emotionally stable home for abused, neglected, and disturbed children.

3711 Rupp Drive, Suite 105
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815
Phone: 260.485.0870

8041 Knue Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
Phone: 800.339.0210

Damar Foster Care Services

A division of Damar Services, Inc., Damar Foster Care Services is a fully licensed, not-for-profit child placement agency that works on behalf of children who are unable to live at home to recruit, prepare and support quality foster parents.

The agency’s continuum of comprehensive services includes Specialized training and education; Licensing support; Professional case management, consultation and assessment; Treatment planning; Sibling and special needs placement; Clinical services; Counseling and support groups, 24-hour crisis intervention; Financial reimbursement; Respite; Family advocacy and reunification as well as Kinship care, adoption and other post-permanency services.

9905 Fall Creek Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: 317-813-4720
Email: (Guenevere Kalal, Director of Foster Care Services)

Debra Corn Specialized Family Care, Inc. 

Debra Corn Specialized Family Care, Inc. is a licensed child placing agency that offers solutions for those children who don’t have a place to call home. The agency’s mission is to recruit, train, and license therapeutic/specialized foster homes in Indiana for the care of children by providing the least restrictive, most family-like setting available to special needs children referred to them.

Their services include:  24/7 availability to foster parents, the child in placement, and other agencies; extensive support, free ongoing monthly training, and free yearly all-day workshops for foster parents; individualized programming and treatment plans for all children, etc. They provide four-level care (Foster Care, Foster Care with Services, Therapeutic, Therapeutic plus) taking into consideration the child’s significant behaviors and the special and educational needs of the child, as well as the care, consideration, and coordination required for the placement to succeed. 

P.O. Box 354
Bloomfield, In. 47424
Phone: 888-822-8253

P.O. Box 964
Marion, In. 46952-0964
Phone: 800-960-3378

P.O. Box 406
Winslow, In. 47598-0406
Phone: 800-844-2493


Greater Love Adoption Decision G.L.A.D.

G.L.A.D. is an Indiana-licensed adoption agency that assists birthparents by providing them with free counseling, maternity clothes, medical assistance, transportation to and from appointments, and other services designed to meet their needs and supports adoptive families by providing adoption consultation, pre-placement services and post-placement follow-up.

P.O. Box 9105
Evansville, Indiana 47724
Phone: 812-424-4523

KidsFirst Adoption

KidsFirst Adoption Services, LLC. (KFAS) is an Indiana licensed, private adoption agency currently working extensively with families adopting children from Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and the United States. 

KidsFirst offers home studies for both international and domestic adoptions, including step-parent and relative reports and offers post-placement services to families who have adopted through them. 

9135 North Meridian Street, 
Suite B-4, 
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: (317) 843-2300

The Miriam Project

The Miriam Project is a  licensed Christian adoption agency that provides adoptive services in Madison County. These services for adoptive families include:

  • Objective assistance for potential adoptive families as they decide whether to adopt
  • Education about adoption
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Parenting education
  • Pre-placement counseling and preparation
  • Post-adoption support
  • Open or confidential adoptions

The Miriam Project is licensed in the state of Indiana to provide home study services for both domestic and international adoptions as well as relative home studies.

1400 Broadway, 
Anderson, IN 46012
Voice: (765) 640-1580

The Villages

The Villages is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, serving over 1,400 children and their families each day. They are committed to strengthening all families and embracing the dignity and diversity of every child, youth and family served through services and programs such as Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care, Family Services, Transition to Adulthood, Children’s Village, Healthy Families etc.

The Villages is a fully licensed and accredited child and family services agency, providing specialized training and 24-hour support to new and existing Indiana foster families.

2405 N. Smith Pike
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: 812.332.1245

3833 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317.775.6500