Foster Families Needed For Children In Indiana

Nov 1, 2017

The need for adoptive parents is growing in Indiana. The link between cases coming through the Department of Child Services and substance abuse disorders is direct.

So far this year DCS has completed more than 1,800 adoptions, up from a little more than 1,000 three years ago. This follows a sharp increase in the number of Hoosier children entering the foster system because parents are unable to care for them, often because of opioids.

Indiana DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says awareness of the need for foster to adopt families is imperative.


Legislation approved by a House committee would no longer require adoption agencies to check a national registry of child abuse and neglect cases because the registry doesn’t exist.

State law requires adoption providers to do a criminal history check of prospective adoptive parents. As part of those background checks, providers must consult a national registry of child abuse and neglect cases.

But Department of Child Services legislative director Parvonay Stover says the registry doesn’t exist.

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A group of adoption activists is renewing a battle to allow adopted Hoosiers to know who their birth mother was.

Hoosiers older than 74 can already get a copy of their birth certificate, and beginning this year, adopted children have access to those records once they turn 21. But Hoosiers born between 1941 and 1993 have to go through a confidential intermediary.

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A bill opening up adoption information from Indiana’s closed records era was sailing through the General Assembly before a House committee quietly killed the measure.  The bill’s author says the Pence administration is behind the legislation’s demise.

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If an adoptee from Indiana’s closed records era wants to find their birth parents, they must go through what’s called a confidential intermediary. 

Supporters of proposed legislation to open the records say that process is difficult, lengthy and costly. 

Marcie Keithley-Roth gave up her daughter for adoption in 1978.  She says making the records open doesn’t just help adoptees – it helps birth parents too.

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A bill now in the Indiana Senate would grant access to more than a half-century’s worth of sealed adoption records.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon reports, people adopted in Indiana between 1941 and 1993 have previously only had hit-and-miss opportunities to find out more about themselves and their biological families.

Bill Would Open Birth Parent Records To More Adoptees

Jan 15, 2015
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Adult Hoosiers who were adopted would gain broader rights to learn their birth mother‘s name, under a bill headed for the Senate floor.

Children adopted since 1994 can get their original birth certificate unless the birth mother opts out when she agrees to the adoption. Sen. Brent Steele‘s (R-Bedford) bill would extend that right to adoptions before that time.   

But Indianapolis adoption attorney Steve Kirsh warns the bill could take an emotional toll on birth mothers.   

Maybe Baby Indiana

Nov 11, 2013

Maybe Baby Indiana is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the YWCA Greater Lafayette.

The event is designed to give members of the LGBT community more information about starting or expanding their family.

Space is limited to 50 people and registration is required. More information about the Family Equality Council is HERE.