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CASA volunteers rally for children still waiting

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS — About 6,000 children are waiting for someone to volunteer and become their court appointed special advocate. Several hundred volunteers, lawmakers and judicial staff members rallied at the Statehouse Monday to help raise awareness for the state’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program. “The really unique thing about CASA […]

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Bill would send adoption notice to grandparents

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana grandparents could soon receive notification of a child’s adoption if one lawmaker’s bill continues to make strides. The idea for House Bill 1245 came to Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, after what he calls a tragic case. “There was a positive relationship between grandparents and the parent remarried […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Adoptees to find answers to long held questions

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehousFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — When Laura Aughe had her daughter in 1998, it was as if the baby was a missing puzzle piece in her life. That was the […]

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Families wait years to be united with children adopted from Democratic Republic of Congo

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has more families waiting to bring their children home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo than any other state in the United States. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, offered support and met with one of those families Wednesday morning, along with several parents who successfully adopted children […]

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Foster children find adoptive homes through photography exhibit

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A traveling photo exhibit aimed at finding homes for Indiana foster kids is making a stop in Indianapolis. “My heart has always been with kids, and as a photographer, I knew I wanted to give back in the best way I could, which is through photographs,” said Lydia Lee, […]

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Support grows for opening adoption records

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow a birth parent to be contacted directly or through an intermediary passed the Senate Thursday. “Melissa Shelton contacted me on this issue. We have worked on this issue for eight years,” said Sen. Michael Delph, R-Carmel, author of Senate Bill 91. “She wanted to […]

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First lady and others kick off month celebrating adoption

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to imagine wanting to bear children but not being able to. First Lady Karen Pence experienced this hardship firsthand. For a long time before having their children, the Pences were listed with an adoption agency. One day, Pence received a call about a young girl who was […]

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Bill would open records for older adoptions

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that is meant to save lives and reconnect families. Senate Bill 325 would allow individuals who were adopted before Jan. 1, 1994 to obtain pre-adoption, identifying information – unless the case has a non-release provision on file. If passed, Indiana would become […]

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Pence: State will pay adoption subsidies for special needs kids this year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1,400 families who adopted special needs children out of foster care are in line to receive state subsidies under an order Gov. Mike Pence gave a state agency Tuesday. The Department of Child Services will fund the $10 million in subsidies out of unspent money it would have […]

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IN Supreme Court to allow cameras on Ntl. Adoption Day

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of National Adoption Day, the Indiana Supreme Court will be allowing still photography, audio and video coverage of a select number of uncontested adoptions from Friday through Nov. 22. Typically photography and audio and visual recordings aren’t permitted inside Indiana courtrooms. For this limited time – and […]

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