A parent who is under age 18 may consent to an adoption without the concurrence of the individual's parents or guardian unless the court, in the court's discretion, determines that it is in the best interest of the child to be adopted to require the concurrence.
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ann. Code § 31-19-9-1
A child age 14 or older must consent to the adoption.
When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Ann. Code §§ 31-19-9-8 to 31-19-9-10
Consent is not required from any of the following:
Consent to adoption is not required from a parent if the parent is convicted of committing any of the crimes listed below and the victim is the child’s other parent:
Consent to adoption is not required from a parent if the parent is convicted of any of the following and the victim is another child of the parent:
The child's father may execute a consent to adoption before the birth of the child if the consent to adoption:
A consent to adoption may be withdrawn no later than 30 days after consent to adoption is signed, if the court finds that the person seeking the withdrawal is acting in the best interest of the person sought to be adopted.A consent to adoption may not be withdrawn after the entry of the adoption decree.
Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)
To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):
Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.