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Senate Bill 0534

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB 534 (Updated April 26, 2007 2:36 pm - DI 110)

Various family law matters. Provides that: (1) proceedings for voluntary termination of parent- child relationships and adoptions are not governed by the uniform child custody jurisdiction law; (2) certain adoption notices are valid regardless of whether the notice is served within or outside Indiana; (3) adoption notices served on a putative father who is not a resident of Indiana are valid if certain conditions are met; (4) a parent who has given valid consent to the termination of the parent-child relationship may waive certain notice requirements; (5) certain notices of adoption proceedings shall be served by publication in the same manner that a summons is served by publication; and (6) if a prospective adoptive parent suffers a pecuniary loss as a result of a violation of adoption deception, the prospective parent may bring a civil action against the person who benefits from the adoption related expenses. Allows a petition for adoption to be amended to substitute another petitioner under certain circumstances. Requires that if a parent has given written consent, been advised concerning a voluntary termination of the parent-child relationship, and appears in court, the court may consider only whether the consent for the termination of the parent-child relationship was voluntary. Changes the period within which a putative father may register with the putative father registry to be entitled to notice of an adoption. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to place a paid advertisement or paid listing of a telephone number in a telephone directory: (1) that a child is offered or wanted for adoption; or (2) to place or locate a child for adoption; unless the advertisement is placed by an attorney or a licensed child placing agency and certain other requirements are met. Requires a person that publishes a telephone directory to include certain information concerning adoption and adoption services.
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