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Helping connect children with their forever families for over 20 years.


Gateway Woods Family Services was founded in 1976 in Leo, Indiana as a Christ-centered non-profit licensed social service agency to provide help and healing to troubled children and their families. The Adoption Program provides services for domestic and intercountry adoption. Domestic adoption services include home studies, placement of children, and post-adoption monitoring and support. For intercountry adoptions, Gateway Woods is Hague Accredited to provide home studies and post-placement services. is Hague Accredited to provide international adoption services. The adoption services were expanded to Illinois in 2014. In 2016, Gateway Woods developed as a service brand for the growing needs of our Adoption Program. In addition to adoption services Gateway Woods also offers residential care, foster care, counseling, GW Farms, professional foster care, WillowBridge housing and LARC (supportive young adult services).

The Adoption Program was not a planned program but began in 2001 with a phone call from prospective adoptive parents asking if Gateway Woods could complete their home study for an intercountry adoption from Ukraine. After that phone call the Adoption Program then began to provide home study services expanding to domestic adoption placements and post adoption services in 2002. Since that time, Gateway Woods Family Services has completed over 600 intercountry and domestic home studies and has been involved in the placement of over 400 children both domestically and internationally from over 25 countries.

Intercountry Adoption

In 2013 Gateway Woods Adoption Program earned Hague Accreditation meaning we can complete home studies and post adoption services for any country in the world that places children in the United States for adoption. For more information on the accrediting organization please visit the Department of State’s website and IAAME’s website. If you would like more information please fill out form below.

The Adoption Program offers the following services for international adoption:

      • Free Initial Consultation
      • Information on Countries to Adopt from & Adoption Placement Agencies
      • Preparation & Education for Adoption Including Cultural Issues
      • Home Studies
      • Post Placement Support, Supervision & Reports

Domestic Adoption

The Indiana Adoption Program provides adoption services to adoptive families from Indiana only but places infants or children from Indiana and adjoining states in adoptive homes. For more information please contact us.

The Adoption Program offers the following services for domestic adoption:

      • Free Initial Consultation
      • Preparation & Education for Adoption Including Cultural Issues
      • Home Studies
      • Matching Infants/Children or Birth Parents with Adoptive Families
      • Placement of Infants & Children
      • Post Placement Support, Supervision & Court Reports
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