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Who May Access Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-18-2
The following persons may transmit identifying information and nonidentifying information to the State registrar for inclusion with the adoption history:
• The adopted person who is age 21 or older.
• The birth parent or sibling.
• The adoptive parent.
• The spouse or relative of a deceased adopted person.
• The spouse or relative of a deceased birth parent.
Access to Nonidentifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31-19-17-3; 31-19-17-5
The person, licensed child-placing agency, or county office of family and children shall release all available social,
medical, psychological, and educational records concerning the child to:
• The adoptive parent.
• Upon request, the adopted person who is at least 21 years old.
The report shall exclude information that would identify the birth parents. For an adoption that was granted before 7-1-1993: Upon the request of an adopted person who is at least 21 years of age, the licensed child-placing agency or a county office shall provide to the adopted person available information of social, medical, psychological, and educational records and reports. Information that would identify the birth parents shall be excluded from the report.
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 adopted person 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 adopted person 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 adopted person who is at least 21 years old or a preadoptive sibling who is at least 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 in quiries. If an adopted person 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 less than 21 years old. If the sibling is at least 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 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 adopted person who is under 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 State Department of Health
Indiana Adoption History Registry
|Indiana Laws / Link and how it works|
Here is the web page for documents for Non-Identifying information and Identifying information. These forms are filled out and sent to Indianapolis as specified on the form. Once Indianapolis receives them they will provide the individual with the Non-Identifying information and send the identifying information sheets to the County Department of Child Services for a search in their adoption files. If they are able to locate the file they will attempt to contact the parent or child of the search. They will provide them with the information that someone is looking for them only (no other information). They will provide them with the information on the Department of Health web site to fill out if they want to be found. If they fill out the consent, Indianapolis will send the signed release back to the county and the county will provide both parties with contact information. There is a lot of variations to this. Either party may place stipulations on what is released.
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