Social Work to host adoption fair Thursday

Local residents can learn about the joys and challenges of adopting children from foster care Thursday at UIndy during an information fair presented by the Marion County Department of Child Services and the Children’s Bureau.

The event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center is hosted by our Phylis Lan Lin Program in Social Work and the student Social Work Association. It is organized each November, which is National Adoption Month, by UIndy alumna Rosie Butler, the Children’s Bureau‘s designated adoption champion for Marion County.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., professionals from several adoption agencies and services will be in the Schwitzer atrium to answer questions and provide information. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., more in-depth workshops will be presented in Schwitzer’s lower level. A 4 p.m. reception in the atrium will include special guests Judge Marilyn Moores of Marion Superior Court; Tina Cloer, president and CEO of the Children’s Bureau; Sandra Caesar, adoption manager for the Department of Child Services; and UIndy President Robert Manuel.

DCS and its partners work throughout the year to find permanent homes for children and teens in foster care. Currently, nearly 100 Indiana children await adoption. Some of them are featured in a special photo exhibit, the Indiana Heart Gallery, which will be on display during the fair.