Citations Affected: IC 31-9-2-64; IC 31-19-24-1.
Synopsis: Adoption history information. Allows a relative of an
adoptee or a pre-adoptive sibling to obtain medical history information
and to file a petition with an appropriate court to request the release of
medical information, nonidentifying information, or identifying
information. Requires that a petition requesting release of medical,
nonidentifying, or identifying information must include the reasons
why the release of information may be beneficial to the adoptee,
pre-adoptive sibling, or birth parent. (Current law requires that the
petition must include reasons why the release of information may be
beneficial to the adoptee or birth parent.)
Effective: July 1, 2012.
January 9, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Family, Children and Human
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
family law and juvenile law.
JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 1. (a) Any interested person may file a petition
with any court with probate jurisdiction in Indiana requesting the
(1) medical information;
(2) nonidentifying information; or
(3) identifying information;
that is not available through the state registrar or not allowed to be released by the state registrar.
(b) The contents of a petition must include to the best knowledge of the petitioner the following:
(1) The full name and current address of the petitioner.
(2) The adopted person's:
(A) full name;
(C) date of birth;
(D) place of birth, if known; and
(E) current address, if known.
(3) The county of the adoption proceeding, if known.
(4) The name and address of the agency that placed the adopted person, if known.
(5) The full name and current address of the petitioners for adoption, if any.
(6) The date of the adoption proceeding, if known.
(7) The full name and current address of the birth parents, if known.
(8) The nature of the:
(B) identifying; or
information being sought.
(9) An affirmation:
(A) by an attending physician, if medical information is sought, that indicates:
(i) the nature of the illness;
(ii) that the illness is believed to be hereditary or congenital; or
(iii) why the information to be sought or shared is necessary for diagnosis or treatment of any person;
(B) by the petitioner, if medical, identifying, or nonidentifying information is sought, that sets forth the reasons why the release of the information may be beneficial to the welfare of the adoptee, pre-adoptive sibling, or birth parent; and