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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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Sealed adoption records to be opened in 2018

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — On July 1, 2018, all adoption records finalized after 1940 and before 1994 will become open records. Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 91 into law Friday. “SEA 91 expands opportunities for adopted Hoosiers seeking more information on their health and heritage even while ensuring that birthparents who choose […]

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Adoptees ask for access to sealed records

By Jasmine Otam The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working on legislation that would change the lives of adoptees and their parents. Senate Bill 91, authored by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, would open up adoption records, including their biological parents’ health records and the adoptee’s sealed birth certificates, from 1941 to 1994. A contact preference […]

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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 […]