NEW LAW IMPACTING ADOPTION RECORDS TAKES EFFECT JULY 1
Beginning July 1, Indiana residents placed for adoption before Jan. 1, 1993, can request access to their birth records from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) due to a change in state law. These records have been generally unavailable to adoptees until now. Records of adoptions that took place prior to Jan. 1, 1993, were automatically closed unless the birth parent gave consent for his or her information to be made available. With the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 91 in 2016, these records will now be open unless the biological parent files a nondisclosure form with ISDH. Hoosiers placed for adoption before Jan. 1, 1993, who would like to access their adoption records containing information such as the names and medical histories of their birth parents can go to the ISDH website at https://www.in.gov/isdh/27862.htm and fill out the Identifying Consent Form (Form 47896). This must be submitted to ISDH with a copy of a government-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license, military ID or passport. These documents can be scanned and emailed to ISDH’s Vital Records Division at [email protected]. They also can be printed and mailed to ISDH. Visit in.gov/isdh for more details.
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