Reprinted

February 11, 2003





HOUSE BILL No. 1561

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DIGEST OF HB 1561 (Updated February 10, 2003 4:47 PM - DI 106)



Citations Affected: IC 31-9; IC 31-19.

Synopsis: Release of adoption information. Permits the release of the name and present address of the sibling of an adoptee if: (1) the adoptee and the sibling are over 21 years of age; and (2) the sibling consents to the release of the sibling's name and present address.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





Herrell




    January 16, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Human Affairs.
    January 30, 2003, reported _ Do Pass.
    February 3, 2003, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
    February 6, 2003, returned to second reading.
    February 10, 2003, reread second time, amended, ordered engrossed.





Reprinted

February 11, 2003

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1561



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning family law and juvenile law.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 31-9-2-93; (03)HB1561.2.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 31-9-2-93 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 93. "Preadoptive sibling", for purposes of:
        (1) IC 31-19-18;
        (2) IC 31-19-16.5; and
        (3) IC 31-19-22; and
        (4)
IC 31-19-25;
means a sibling of an adoptee who is born before the date that the adoptee's adoption is finalized.
SOURCE: IC 31-19-22-2; (03)HB1561.2.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 31-19-22-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 2. Except as provided in subsection (b), the state registrar, the division of family and children, a county office of family and children, a licensed child placing agency, a professional health care provider (as defined in IC 34-6-2-117), and a court shall release identifying information in the entity's possession only if:
        (1) the information is requested by a person described in

IC 31-19-18-2(a); and
        (2) the following persons have submitted a written consent under IC 31-19-21 (or IC 31-3-4-27 before its repeal) to the state registrar that allows the release of identifying information to the person requesting the information:
            (A) The adult adoptee.
            (B) A birth parent.
     (b) The state registrar, the division of family and children, a county office of family and children, a licensed child placing agency, a professional health care provider (as defined in IC 34-6-2-117), and a court shall release the name and present location of an adoptee who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age or a preadoptive sibling who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, if:
        (1) the information is requested by an adoptee who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age or a preadoptive sibling who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age; and
        (2) an adoptee who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age or a preadoptive sibling who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age has authorized the release of the adoptee's or preadoptive sibling's name and present location under section 2.1 or 2.2 of this chapter.

SOURCE: IC 31-19-22-2.1; (03)HB1561.2.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 31-19-22-2.1 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 2.1. An adoptee who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age or a preadoptive sibling who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age may submit a written request to the state registrar:
        (1) stating an interest in being reunited with any preadoptive siblings; and
        (2) authorizing the state registrar to release the name and present location of the person submitting the request to any preadoptive siblings who make similar inquiries.