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Merrillville Adoption Agencies

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Adoption Center for Family Building

Merrillville, IN 46410 | (219) 795-9900

The Adoption Center is a private, nonprofit adoption agency that's licensed in Illinois and Indiana. We provide comprehensive adoption services and counseling to birth parents and adoptive parents. Our experienced adoption counselors are highly skilled, caring professionals, dedicated to helping birth parents and adoptive families get the guidance and support they need throughout the adoption journey. The agency was founded in 1996 by Tobi Ehrenpreis and Maggie Gill Benz. Both licensed social workers and adoptive mothers, Tobi and Maggie combined their administrative and clinical expertise to establish the Adoption Center for Family Building. ACFB was designed as an alternative to the more "traditional" adoption agencies. Having both gone through fertility treatments and the adoption process individually with their spouses, they encountered barriers to adoption and believed that a more progressive agency would better serve the needs of birth parents and adoptive families. Since it's beginning, the Adoption Center for Family Building has grown steadily. In 1998, the agency was licensed in Indiana and opened an office in Merrillville. Over the years, we have conducted more than 1,200 home studies for domestic and international adoptions, provided professional counseling and support to more than 1,500 expectant mothers and birth fathers, and placed about 800 infants for adoption. Today, our team of professionals is comprised of several adoption counselors, an office manager, and an administrative assistant - many who have had a personal experience with adoption. The agency also has an all-volunteer board of directors including a clinical psychologist, attorneys, other business professionals and adoptive parents.

KidsPeace - Merrillville

Merrillville, IN 46410 | (219) 736-1308

KidsPeace, founded in 1882, is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. The organization was originally a home for children orphaned by a smallpox epidemic, but has grown over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of children and adolescents. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our continuum of care includes a psychiatric hospital; a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs to help children and families in need transform their lives.

SAFY of Indiana: Merrillville

Merrillville, IN 46410 | (219) 472-2062

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is a leading national nonprofit organization providing a full continuum of services for children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Building upon our reputation as a leader in quality treatment foster care services, our comprehensive programs and services include early intervention and prevention services, home- and community-based interventions, out-of-home placements, reunification and aftercare services provided with the goal of improving the health and quality of life of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.

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