Steve Kirsh

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.