It has been said that Indiana adoption laws are the most thorough in the United States. Indiana adoption law does, in fact, look out for the best interests of all involved – the birth mother, the child, and the adoptive family.
According to adoption laws in Indiana, if a birth mother is seeking to place her child with an adoptive family, she must first consult a placement facilitator, or state adoption agency.
The counselors at those agencies will help the birth mother find an adoptive family who will give her child a good home environment.
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If a match is made, Indiana adoption law requires a screening prior to the adoption finalization. What this means, under Indiana adoption law, is that the adoptive family must provide accurate financial records, proof of available room in the home in order to raise a child, as well as a healthy and clean environment where the adopted child can interact with the the adoptive parents.
After that screening, adoption laws in Indiana make it clear that the child must stay with the adoptive family for a period of time to see how the child adjusts to the new home and adoptive parents.
Indiana adoptive law also states that this trial period will be done with state mandated supervision, unannounced check-ins, and other follow up procedures to make sure everything is going well.
When it comes to identifying (name and location of the birth mother, etc.) and non-identifying information (medical records and mental health history), Indiana adoption law holds the rights of the birth mother in the highest regard. The birth mother has complete control over what information is available to the adoptive family, as well as which details can be made available to the adopted child once she or he reaches the age of 18.
In short, Indiana has taken the time to develop adoption laws so that they evolve with the times, rather than having to go back and revise them on a case-by-case basis. Indiana adoption law is very much a perfect example of “living law.”
If you are looking to adopt, or are a birth mother or adopted child and want to know your full rights, consult with an Indiana adoption law attorney today, or consult with any state adoption agency to find out the details of Indiana adoption law.