Both nationally and globally, children need forever homes. Opportunities abound to bring a child into your family through foster care or adoption - and we’re committed to supporting you. Whether you’re considering it for the first time or have already become a foster or adoptive parent, there are many resources available to you.

FOSTER CARE

Foster families provide stable homes for children who cannot live with their biological parents or guardians. Foster parents open their homes and hearts to children in need.

Placements are intended to be temporary while the birth parent or guardian prepares to reunify with the children. However, parental rights may be terminated, and adoption from the foster system may be an option.

Foster families are needed to care for children of all ages, abilities, and cultures. Families decide which children are placed within their homes (ages, genders, number of children, and behavior and medical issues).

Indiana requires foster families to complete a licensing process. Typically, families take four to six months for licensing. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) or the Licensed Child Placement Agency (LCPA) provides information for the first step to fostering.

Foster families receive financial reimbursement for childcare costs, and TPCC also offers grants to foster families to help cover out-of-pocket expenses such as childcare, schooling, trauma education or counseling, and extracurricular activities. 

We support families through our resource center, providing items such as diapers, wipes, car seats, beds, and baby gear. These items are provided at no cost to the foster family. 

Because we know how important support is, we also provide foster families with Care Communities. Care Communities offer foster families emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial support. A team of volunteers rallies you with practical support such as housework, childcare, tutoring, and meals.

Our team is here to help you with information on foster placement, foster grants, starting the application process, finding support through a Care Community, or requesting items from our Resource Center.

ADOPTION

DOMESTIC ADOPTIONS

Domestic adoptions typically involve infants, but adopting older children through the foster care system is also an option.

Private agencies or adoption attorneys facilitate most domestic adoptions. Usually, domestic adoption is birthparent-driven, meaning the birth parents select the adoptive family.

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

Approximately 15 million children worldwide await placement with a forever family. Many of these children have been abandoned by birth parents or orphaned. These children, ranging in age from infants to teens, reside in foster homes or orphanages.

Each country has a different set of eligibility requirements for potential adoptive parents. International adoption agencies can help facilitate these adoptions.

A considerable number of international adoptions involve special needs children. The term “special needs” may intimidate potential parents. However, many special needs children would not be placed within that category in the United States.

Traders Point grants may help with costs associated with international and domestic adoptions.