KidsFirst Adoption Services is seeking a motivated, passionate person for an Adoption Social Worker position. This is a contract position in which the individual will provide home study and post adoption services for domestic and international adoptions. It is an hourly position and hours will vary each week depending on the number of home study and post adoption reports the individual is working on.  Interested individuals should submit a resume to info@kidsfirstadoption.com.

 Duties:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings in the KidsFirst office

  • Attend quarterly staff meetings

  • Complete the home study process (psycho social assessment) with prospective adoptive families which includes office meetings and home visits

  • Conduct background checks and review information pertaining to the prospective adoptive parents

  • Assess the parents’ readiness to adopt

  • Complete post adoption services with adoptive families which includes home visits

  • Write home study and post adoption reports

  • Communicate with adoption agencies and other third parties in order to complete the reports

  • Keep appropriate records according to the agency and state licensing standards

  • Educate adoptive families regarding the adoption process, parenting, child development, and post adoption matters

  • Refer families to counseling and other appropriate resources as needed

  • Other duties as assigned

 Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in social work or a related field

  • Valid driver’s license ability to conduct home visits throughout the State

  • Experience in foster care, child welfare system, or adoption

  • Individual must be detail oriented with exceptional writing skills

  • Required to complete agency’s training and background checks

  • Ability to establish appropriate boundaries with clients

  • Empathy, honesty, and professionalism

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Recently we have had lots of families visiting the office with their children and we always love seeing them! These two stopped by the office to say "Hey!" and we just love this picture we took of them with their picture from when they were adopted! 


Domestic Program Update

We always keep in touch with our biological and adoptive families. This week we had a conference call with one of our birth mothers and the adoptive family that she placed with. It was a nice detailed update on how the child is doing and how the family is adjusting with their new little blessing. It is so important to us that the biological family knows that their child is doing well and that the incredible sacrifice they made to create a better life for their child is actually showing results. It is important that biological mothers sleep well knowing that their child is in a loving, caring hands and that she can move on with her life, knowing that she created for her child opportunities for love, stability, education, and so much more.

We are proud that this is equally important for our adopted families as well since they are so thankful for this incredible gift of life and opportunity to be parents. 

Inna


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Meet Matthew! This handsome young boy recently had his life flip upside down is just a matter of months. Not long ago, Matthew was living with his mother and father. Now, his father is is jail and his mother is longer in the picture. Matthew then went to go live with his grandparents before they could no longer take care of him. Mathew is a smart, handsome, and healthy boy just waiting for a family. 

Here at KidsFirst, we believe there is a family for every child and we so there are so many families out there looking and waiting for their child. This helps us know that there is a family out there for Matthew and we need your help to find them. We want to advocate for this boy and help him find his forever family! Help us spread the word about Matthew and find him the family he is waiting for.  

To learn more details about Matthew, visit our Waiting Child page!

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Join us at one of these three meetings to learn more about our programs!
Please RSVP by email at info@kidsfirstadoption.com or by phone at (317) 843-2300. 
We can't wait to see you there!

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This week on #WaitingChildWednesday, we are featuring a sweet 13 year old boy who has been patiently waiting for his forever family to find him. Scroll down to learn more!

Michael is a calm and friendly boy. He is in good general health and has no special health needs. He does have a couple physical handicaps as he has had a partial traumatic amputation of the 3rd finger on the right hand and is partially colorblind. 

Michael is a smart boy and is well behaved. He is not prone to self-aggressive or deliberate aggressive reactions. He respects authority and understands the difference between good and bad. He functions well in social groups and is well-liked by his peers. He maintains friendships in the facility and with his classmates at school. 

Michael loves to play soccer. He is physically active and prefers lively and active games. He eagerly participates in organized activities, games, and performances and loves going for walks in nature. 

For more information on Michael, contact our director, Inna, in our office at (317) 843-2300. 

For information on all of our international waiting children, check out our Waiting Children page! 


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Dear families,

We are happy to share that we just received our re-accreditation in Poland.  We have a new coordinator, Marta, who is very experienced and understands adoption issues and in country regulations very well.  We are very excited to be able to work in Poland.  We traveled there in March and met with the Catholic Center orphanage and other organizations.  Despite that two adoption centers closed, Catholic Center is very active and working hard.  We spent hours talking to our coordinator, translators, etc., and feel that the Poland program could be a great opportunity for children and families.

Here is a brief description about ages and circumstances:

  • Available children under age 6 typically have some needs such as: down syndrome, cleft palate, club feet, heart conditions, diabetes, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, or developmental delays.
  • Waiting time varies up to 2 years depending on the child’s needs.
  • Sibling groups of 3 and more are the youngest and healthiest.  Ages could range from 2-7 years old and waiting time could be up to 1 year.
  • Sibling groups of 2 could range in age from 4-8 years old and the waiting time could be up to 1-2 years.
  • A single child could be aged 7-9 years old and the waiting time could be 6 months – 1 year.
  • Many older children are waiting.

Poland requires either 1 trip for 1 ½ months (both parents must stay 2-3 weeks) or 2 trips (1st trip is 3-4 days, 2nd trip is 6 weeks, both parents stay up to 2 weeks).  The reason for having the first trip is for the prospective adoptive parents to personally meet and see the children.

It is a beautiful county to visit and parents will travel to the area where children are currently living first and then the second part of the trip will be spent in Warsaw.  The country is safe, not expensive, with good accommodations.  It is very beautiful and has so much history.  Our new coordinator, Marta, and the rest of the team are very personable and work very hard to accommodate families. 

Please call or email with questions.  I am always happy to schedule time and answer questions.

Sincerely,

Inna


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At the beginning of the week, we had meeting with a young woman who is trying to find a loving, stable home for a sibling group of young children.  She is not able to continue parenting.  It was hard to hear the story of this young, intelligent mother who tried so hard but she knows she can’t continue parenting, both financially and emotionally.  With tears in her eyes, she was telling her difficult life story and how she doesn’t want to get to the point where her children would need to go to foster care or cause irreversible damage for the kids.  When thinking about adoption she said, “They deserve much more than I can give and this is the life I want them to have.  I am doing it because I love them so much!”  We spent a day talking to potential adoptive parents and scheduling conference calls between the biological mother and adoptive families.  It was incredible to see how much love this young woman has for her children, despite the number of difficulties she has faced.  They are very intelligent, sweet kids and we will work hard to make sure they are in a good, stable home!


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What: Come & celebrate adoption! Meet other families who have adopted or who are waiting to adopt. It's also a great opportunity for children to connect with each other!

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Noon

Where: Forest Park, Shelter #5, Noblesville, Indiana

This is a FREE event. Food and drinks will be provided by KidsFirst. Please RSVP to Suzanne at 317-843-2300 or sgee@kidsfirstadoption.com

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We are featuring a sweet 6 year old boy who has been patiently waiting for his forever family to find him. Scroll down to learn more!

This little boy is radiant, calm and bright. He is in stable health and his special needs were addressed in a timely manner. He has Spina Bifida, which was surgically corrected when he was just a few months old. He has hydrocephalus, which he was permanently stationed and does not need a shunt. He also has lower limb flaccid paraplegia, bilateral congenital hip dislocation, phimosis and delayed psychological/motor development. 

He is very clever and has the potential to reach age-correspondent intellectual development/performance once provided with a family who can offer him constant attention, love and proper stimulation. He plays with toys and loves to builds towers. He is extremely interested in books and likes to draw on paper. Emotionally, he is described to be very warm and loving. He enjoys the company of other children and adults. He is connecting words to form sentences and is learning more and more each day. 

He is very adaptable. He eats independently and only requires assistance now and then. He is calm around other children and tends to hang close by to them as well as his caregivers. 

His adoption will require international travel. If you would like more information please contact the KidsFirst office and ask for Inna Pecar at 317-843-2300. We are typically able to provide many pictures, a medical certificate and psychological report, as well as other documentation, about our waiting children.

Head over to our Waiting Child Page to look at more profiles of children who are ready and waiting to be adopted!  This page is password protected to ensure the privacy of our waiting children.  To get access, simply email us at info@KidsFirstAdoption.com and we will send you the password to enter the page.

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency or request more information by completing the information request found on our Contact Us page.


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This adorable little girl is waiting for her forever family to find her!

Anita

Anita

Anita rejoices when interacting with adults and laughs when jested! She is calm and smiles when cuddled. Anita holds toys and feels comfortable in the company of adults and other children. She speaks simple words and expresses her emotions by repeating sounds and syllables or laughing and crying. Anita stands and walks with adult support. Her gross and fine motor skills are delayed and need further development.

Anita needs a family who can give her personal attention and a home environment to flourish in!

Age: born October 2012

Special/Medical Needs: Blind (due to congenital eye anomalies) and congenital anomalies syndrome, mainly affecting her face, agenesis of the corpus callosum, colpocephaly, and delayed motor development.

Her adoption will require international travel. If you would like more information please contact the KidsFirst office and ask for Inna Pecar at 317-843-2300. We are typically able to provide many pictures, a medical certificate and psychological report, as well as other documentation, about our waiting children.

Head over to our Waiting Child Page to look at more profiles of children who are ready and waiting to be adopted!  This page is password protected to ensure the privacy of our waiting children.  To get access, simply email us at info@KidsFirstAdoption.com and we will send you the password to enter the page.

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency or request more information by completing the information request found on our Contact Us page.

 


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Dear Families,

I wanted to follow up about our Foundation's upcoming Advocacy Dinner on April 28, 2017 at 7pm at Alamfi's.  Our Foundation is working very hard to put it together and my hope is that many of you will be able to join.  As your children are getting older, it may be very meaningful for the whole family to get involved in something so needed and with such an important purpose.  When you help one child it becomes very addictive and you want to do it more and more.

We did send out invitation letters, but we didn't get a very large response.  Please help us to understand:

1 - Is the $100 per person to expensive?

2 - Is the timing a problem?

3 - Would you want us to plan an event in the future that would include your children as well?

4 – How can we better involve our out of state families? Please let me know your interests and email me directly.

We really want this dinner to be a success.  We are hoping we do not have to cancel the event, and so far we have had very few RSVPs.  Our goal is to have at least 50 people attend.

This is a very honest summary of my thoughts.  Please email me if you have any questions, and you are free to RSVP to me directly.  I really hope to see you all at the reunion on May 20th at noon at Forrest Park, shelter #5, in Noblesville.  

It means a lot to me to get to see as many of you as possible!

Big Hugs to you all,

Inna Pecar


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Happy #WaitingChildWednesday! This week we are introducing Harry. Scroll down to learn more about our waiting child of the week! 

Harry was born during the month of September in 2003. He is sweet, social and LOVES soccer. He plays with a local club team and participated in the children's soccer championship. Harry seeks advice from others and shares his feelings with familiar adults. 

Harry is in the 7th grade and he does well with math. He needs a loving family to support and encourage him. He has struggled in the past with reading and writing. Harry helps with the household chores and shows a lot of initiative when delegated tasks. 

Harry was raised by his biological parents since July of 2009. He was reintegrated back into his family until September of 2012 when he was relocated to a homeless shelter. Harry has been living in a group home since February of 2013.

His adoption will require international travel. If you would like more information please contact the KidsFirst office and ask for Inna Pecar at 317-843-2300. We are typically able to provide many pictures, a medical certificate and psychological report, as well as other documentation, about our waiting children.

Head over to our Waiting Child Page to look at more profiles of children who are ready and waiting to be adopted.  This page is password protected to ensure the privacy of our waiting children.  To get access, simply email us at info@KidsFirstAdoption.com and we will send you the password to enter the page.

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency or request more information by completing the information request found on our Contact Us page.


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KidsFirst Adoption Services is now accepting applications for the domestic adoption program! We are looking for loving families who hope to grow their family through domestic adoption. Families can be home study approved or work with KidsFirst to complete the home study. The agency predominately places infants through this program and is looking for families who are open to the child’s race. In most situations, families develop a relationship with the expectant mother throughout her pregnancy, but each situation is unique and tailored towards the mother’s preferences.

To inquire about the program with KidsFirst, contact the agency at 317-843-2300 or info@kidsfirstadoption.com. We’re happy to send you our information packet to review. The first step is to meet with Executive Director, Inna Pecar.


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Meet Robert! He was born in October of 2003 and has been waiting patiently for a loving family to adopt him! Scroll to learn more about our #waitingchild of the week! 

Robert is sociable and enjoys sports! (Especially soccer and basketball) He loves computer games. He makes friends easily and forms trusting relationships with adults he is familiar with. Robert describes himself and patient and trustworthy.  He does well with chores and follows directions regularly. He communicates well with his peers. He is in 6th grade and has some difficulty staying focused. He has been seeing a speech therapist because he has issues with the pronunciation of a few words. 

He lived with his mother and her partner until 2010. Robert and his siblings were removed from the home due to poor conditions and neglect. He is in a foster home and all of his siblings have been adopted. Robert says that he longs for a family to call his own.

He has no special needs and is a very healthy young boy!

His adoption will require international travel. If you would like more information please contact the KidsFirst office and ask for Inna Pecar at 317-843-2300. We are typically able to provide many pictures, a medical certificate and psychological report, as well as other documentation, about our waiting children.

Head over to our Waiting Child Page to look at more profiles of children who are ready and waiting to be adopted.  This page is password protected to ensure the privacy of our waiting children.  To get access, simply email us at info@KidsFirstAdoption.com and we will send you the password to enter the page.

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency or request more information by completing the information request found on our Contact Us page.


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We've updated our list of children waiting for international adoption. There are some AMAZING children and siblings groups wishing for their forever family. They are regular kids, interested in things like music, sports, computers, and games. They all have the same thing in common...they need parents to love and support them, to encourage them, and to help them find their passions and talents!

To learn more about these children, head to our Waiting Child page. You'll need a password to access the information so send us an email at info@kidsfirstadoption.com and we'll be happy to share it with you!


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Meet Isaac!  A sweet and quiet boy who is in search of a family and home to belong to...

Isaac

Isaac

Isaac was born in January 2004 and is currently 13 years old.  He is healthy with normal physical and psychological development.  His caretakers describe that he enjoys doing puzzles and playing computer games.

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Isaac was raised by his biological family for the first 6 years old his life, and he is currently placed in a group home.  He has expressed that he desires to have a family to take care of him and hopes to have one soon.

He has been diagnosed with a speech disorder (stammering), strabismus, hypermetropia, and astigmatism.  He has low self-esteem and often feels self-conscious about his stammering.  He attends a mainstream school where he receives individual assistance from a resource teacher.   He completes tasks and responds well to praise.  He has good behavior and gets along with adults. 

His adoption will require international travel. If you would like more information please contact the KidsFirst office and ask for Inna Pecar at 317-843-2300. We are typically able to provide many pictures, a medical certificate and psychological report, as well as other documentation, about our waiting children.

Head over to our Waiting Child Page to look at more profiles of children who are ready and waiting to be adopted.  This page is password protected to ensure the privacy of our waiting children.  To get access, simply email us at info@KidsFirstAdoption.com and we will send you the password to enter the page.

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency or request more information by completing the information request found on our Contact Us page.


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Thinking about domestic adoption? Consider KidsFirst!

KidsFirst Adoption Services is a reputable, ethical adoption agency located in Indianapolis. We have been in operation for over 17 years and pride ourselves on the personal attention we give not only to adoptive families, but also to the birth families we work with in our domestic program. We have seen couples become first time parents and children welcome their new sibling to the family!  It is such a joy to be a small part in helping to create families through adoption.

If you are considering adoption, we would encourage you to think about the KidsFirst domestic adoption program. We have a small number of families on our waiting list and are open to accepting new clients! You must have an approved home study or be ready to complete one with us. KidsFirst is unique in that we only require a $300 application fee for families in our domestic program. The first step to getting started is to meet with our Executive Director, Inna Pecar. She will be holding 2 adoption information meetings (March 25 and April 3).  If you can’t make those dates, Inna will be happy to hold an individual meeting with you at another time.

If you’re ready to grow your family through domestic adoption, call KidsFirst today!

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