Adoptions of Indiana

Inspiring Hope, Equipping Families, Enriching Lives

aka Adoptions of Indiana   |   Carmel, IN   |
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Adoptions of Indiana

EIN: 35-1956277


Adoptions of Indiana seeks to identify and meet the needs of adoptees and birth and adoptive families through compassionate and comprehensive adoption services.

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Executive Director

Meg Sterchi ACSW, LCSW

Main address

1980 E. 116th St Ste 325

Carmel, IN 46032 USA

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Subject area info

Family services


Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers


Women and girls


NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Services

Adoptions of Indiana is a full-service licensed child-placement agency.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

All couples preparing to adopt must complete an adoptive home study prior to a child being placed in their home. Adoptions of Indiana provides this service for families residing in Indiana who are adopting domestically, internationally, or are pursuing a step-parent, second-parent, guardianship or kinship adoption.

Adoptions of Indiana requires that pre-adoption education being included in this service as well as post-placement supervision and support services.

Population(s) Served

Adoption Options Counseling is available to any woman who is experiencing an unexpected pregnancy within a caring and non-judgmental environment.
Our staff travels throughout the state of Indiana so that transportation need not be an issue.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Post Adoption Support Services are offered to any birth or adoptive family within the state of Indiana.

Birth Parents: individual, couple, family, and group counseling is available. AOI also provides a private on-line community for birth mothers to support one another.

Adoptees: Adoption Connection Club for elementary students and E2-Empowered & Equipped for teens.

Adoptive Families: individual, couples, and family counseling is available. In addition, AOI provides a private on-line community for adoptive parents to provide support to one another.

Post Adoption Education: AOI provides several continuing education classes so that parents can be equipped and supported while they are parenting.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

AOI offers counseling and search services for adult adoptees who were adopted in Indiana and extend support and guidance throughout the journey.

Population(s) Served

AOI provides adoption education to Planned Parenthood and other women's clinics, OB offices, hospitals, and many other clinics.

The desire is for all women to have the information they need to be able to make an informed decision on what is best for themselves and their child without pressure or judgment.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work


Angel in Adoption 2013

Congressional Coalition on Adoption

Affiliations & memberships

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) 2022

National Association of Social Workers 2022

National Council for Adoption 2022

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Adoptions of Indiana
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.81 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Adoptions of Indiana

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Adoptions of Indiana

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Adoptions of Indiana

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Adoptions of Indiana’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $62,626 $22,678 -$40,816 $41,300 $13,550
As % of expenses 8.9% 3.2% -5.6% 5.7% 2.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $61,440 $20,484 -$44,546 $39,374 $11,675
As % of expenses 8.7% 2.9% -6.1% 5.4% 1.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $764,263 $745,536 $686,677 $768,362 $641,333
Total revenue, % change over prior year 11.3% -2.5% -7.9% 11.9% -16.5%
Program services revenue 86.4% 95.9% 95.1% 71.7% 73.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 24.2% 18.3%
All other grants and contributions 13.2% 4.1% 4.9% 3.9% 7.9%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $701,637 $715,675 $725,727 $726,253 $627,053
Total expenses, % change over prior year 13.2% 2.0% 1.4% 0.1% -13.7%
Personnel 47.5% 50.3% 52.0% 48.4% 45.2%
Professional fees 11.7% 10.8% 20.6% 18.5% 15.7%
Occupancy 5.5% 0.0% 6.3% 6.0% 6.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 35.3% 38.9% 21.2% 27.2% 32.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $702,823 $717,869 $729,457 $728,179 $628,928
One month of savings $58,470 $59,640 $60,477 $60,521 $52,254
Debt principal payment $1,926 $0 $0 $117,850 $0
Fixed asset additions $2,338 $0 $4,258 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $765,557 $777,509 $794,192 $906,550 $681,182

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 4.0 6.0 4.6 5.4
Months of cash and investments 3.6 4.0 6.0 4.6 5.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.6 4.9 4.1 4.7 5.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $210,250 $240,543 $365,133 $279,345 $284,705
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $65,900 $67,451 $4,532 $10,634 $17,958
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $67,409 $67,410 $70,757 $70,757 $70,757
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 95.1% 97.1% 96.4% 97.9% 99.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.7% 7.8% 34.5% 3.6% 3.4%
Unrestricted net assets $272,240 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $272,240 $292,724 $248,178 $287,552 $299,227

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Meg Sterchi ACSW, LCSW

Meg Sterchi, a founder and the executive director of ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the area of adoption. Meg was honored as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in Washington DC. Meg is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She received her MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work and her BA from Purdue University. She has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of mental health and social work focusing on adoption, children and families, and mental health. Meg's work is guided by her philosophy that the major focus of adoption agencies should be to prepare, support and educate all parties involved in an adoption. Children are best served by parents who are well prepared to understand and deal with adoptive issues that arise throughout the adoptive lifecycle.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Adoptions of Indiana

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Adoptions of Indiana

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Amy Downs


Term: 2023 - 2025

Kelly Dietz Miller

Allied Solutions

Justin Angrick

Messer Construction

Brandy Morris


Meg Sterchi

Adoptions of Indiana

Adrianne Wolting


Travis Tester

Foster Success

Lindsey Johnston Walker


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2023

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  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.