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Access to Adoption Records

Who May Access Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-18-2

Effective July 1, 2009

The following persons may transmit identifying information and nonidentifying information to the State registrar for inclusion with the adoption history:

  • An adoptee who is an adult
  • A birth parent
  • An adoptive parent
  • A pre-adoptive sibling who is at least age 21
  • The spouse or relative of a deceased adoptee if the relationship existed at the time of the adoptee's death
  • The spouse or relative of a deceased birth parent if the relationship existed at the time of the birth parent's death


Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31-19-17-3; 31-19-17-5

The person, licensed child-placing agency, or county office shall release all available social, medical, psychological, and educational records concerning the child to:
  • The adoptive parent
  • Upon request, the adoptee who is at least age 21

The report shall exclude information that would identify the birth parents unless the adoptive parent or adoptee who requests the information knows the identity of the birth parents.

For an adoption that was granted before 7-1-1993: Upon the request of an adoptee who is at least age 21, the licensed child-placing agency or a county office shall provide to the adoptee available information of social, medical, psychological, and educational records and reports. Information that would identify the birth parents shall be excluded from the report unless an adoptee already knows the identity of the birth parents.

Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31-19-22-2; 31-19-25-2; 31-19-25-3; 31-19-25-6; 31-19-25-8; 31-19-25-9

For adoptions before 12-31-1993: Identifying information shall be released if requested by a person listed in § 31-19-18-2 if the adult adoptee and the birth parent have submitted a written consent to the State Registrar.

For adoptions after 12-31-1993: Identifying information shall be released to the adult adoptee upon written request to the State Registrar unless the birth parent has submitted a written nonrelease form that indicates the birth parent's lack of consent to release of identifying information.

An adoptee who is at least age 21 or a preadoptive sibling who is at least age 21 may submit a written request to the State Registrar stating an interest in being reunited with any preadoptive siblings and authorizing the release of their name and present location to any preadoptive siblings who make similar inquiries.

If an adoptee or a preadoptive sibling submits a written request to be reunited with a preadoptive sibling, but the preadoptive sibling has not made a similar inquiry, the State Registrar shall search the adoption records for information concerning the preadoptive sibling and if possible, contact and advise the sibling of the request unless the sibling is younger than age 21. If the sibling is at least age 21, he or she shall make the final decision as to whether to release his or her name and present location to the requesting person. If the sibling is under age 21, the sibling's parents shall make the final decision regarding release of the sibling's name and present location to the requesting person.

The adoptive parents of an adoptee who is under age 21 may submit a written request for information concerning the identity and present location of any preadoptive siblings of the child. The State Registrar shall release the name and present location of the preadoptive sibling to the adoptive parents if the preadoptive sibling submitted a written request authorizing the release of the information.

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-13-2

The original birth certificate is withheld from inspection except for a child adopted by a stepparent or as provided in statutes pertaining to release of identifying information.

Where the Information Can Be Located

Indiana Adoption History Registry, Indiana State Department of Health, Vital Statistics


Contact:

Indiana Adoption History Registry
Attn: Registrar, Vital Records Division
Section B-4
2 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7253 Mary Hind
(317) 233-7279 Theresa
(317) 233-7280
http://www.in.gov/isdh/bdcertifs/medical_history.htm

Credits: Child Welfare Information Gateway (http://www.childwelfare.gov)

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