Adoption in IndianaIn Indiana, same sex and heterosexual couples may adopt, as well as individuals. It's worth noting that Adoptive Parents must live in Indiana, as the state has residency requirements. Non-residents may adopt a child born in Indiana, but the adoption must be filed in their state of residence. This may be waived if the child is hard to place. Adoptive Parents may provide financial coverage for medical, legal, counseling, living (housing, utilities, maternity clothing, pregnancy/adoption related travel, other necessary. $3000 max. unless approved by court) expenses for the Birth Mother, as well as lost wages due to pregnancy up to 6 weeks postpartum. Interesting fact about Indiana: it's often called "the crossroads of America."
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Adoption Attorneys in Indiana
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AttorneyKeith M. Wallace1 SE 9th Street, Suite 101
Evansville, IN 47708Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
AttorneyAllyson R. Breeden20 NW 1st Street, 9th Floor, P.O. Box 916
Evansville, IN 47706Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyTimothy J. HubertP.O. Box 916, 20 NW First Street, Ninth Floor
Evansville, IN 47706Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyMichelle Berry Domer1505 W. Arlington Road
Bloomington, IN 47404Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
AttorneyRebecca S. Bruce108 N. Liberty Street, Suite A
Muncie, IN 47305Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
AttorneyLisa Garcia Reger506 State Street, P.O. Box 1343
New Albany, IN 47151Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyJohn Q. Herrin3815 River Crossing Pkwy, Suite #100
Indianapolis, IN 46240Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyJoel D. Kirsh2930 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Surrogacy
AttorneyNathan A. Leach3815 River Crossing Parkway, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46240Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneySteven M. Kirsh2930 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46280Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Netw
AttorneyRobert B. KirshIndianapolis, INServices Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
AgencyA Baby Step Adoption340 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA 19611Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
AttorneyAdoptions First LLP1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
AgencyAdopt America111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
Miami, FL 33132Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
AgencyCaring Adoptions11601 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.
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Length of ICPC
Indiana participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.
Adoption Law FAQ in Indiana
Advertising Law Info
Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
Yes, but agencies and attorneys who are not licensed in Indiana, may not advertise.
State Advertising Code of Law
Citation: Ann. Code § 35-46-1-21
Only a licensed attorney or a licensed child-placing agency may place a paid advertisement or paid listing of a personâs telephone number, on that personâs own behalf, in a telephone directory that a child is offered or wanted for adoption, or that person is able to place, locate, or receive a child for adoption.
Adoption Law Info
Who Can Adopt?
Single individuals and married couples may adopt. If a couple is married, both spouses must join in the petition to adopt, except in the case of a step or second parent adoption. Prospective adoptive parents must have a homestudy, which includes criminal, child abuse, FBI fingerprint, and sexual offender checks. For step parent and grandparent adoptions, the court may waive the requirement of a homestudy but not the criminal checks.
Indiana has a âresidency requirementâ, which means that only residents of Indiana may file a petition to adopt in Indiana. Non-residents of Indiana may adopt a child born in Indiana, but the adoption must be filed in their state of residence. Indiana waives the residency requirement for âhard to placeâ children. A child is âhard to placeâ if the child is disadvantaged because of race, ethnic origin, medical condition, age, or part of a sibling group.
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
Only for âhard-to placeâ children.
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
Only the Dept. of Child Services, the Division of Family Resources, a child-placing agency licensed in Indiana, an attorney licensed in Indiana, or a birth parent or pre-adoptive parent acting on his or her own behalf may have a role in placing a child.
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
Medical, legal, counseling, living (housing, utilities, maternity clothing, pregnancy/adoption related travel, other necessary. $3000 max. unless approved by court). Lost wages if job loss due to pregnancy, but offset by living expenses and unemployment benefits. 2nd or 3rd trimester to 6 weeks postpartum. Adoption deception by birth mother is crime punishable by jail time, restitution.
When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
Upon signing, if birth father signs before birth and it contains the statutorily prescribed language. Upon signing, but with a 30-day window to file a petition to withdraw consent, if signed after birth. After notice to adoptive parents, birth parent must prove it is in the childâs best interest to withdraw consent. If birth parent confirms consent for the court, he/she loses the right to petition. Return not automatic.
Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
Citation: Ann. Code §§ 31-19-2-2; 31-19-2-3
A resident of Indiana may adopt a child. A hard-to-place child may be adopted by a nonresident.
Home Study Info
Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code §§31-19-8-6; 31-9-2-22.5
The report required must address the suitability of the proposed home for the child. The report may not contain any information concerning the financial condition of the prospective adoptive parents. The results of a criminal history check must accompany the report.
A criminal history check shall include:
• A fingerprint-based criminal history background check of both national and State records databases concerning a person who is at least age 18 residing in the home
• A check for substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect reported in any jurisdiction where a household member has resided within the previous 5 years
Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.
- When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
- Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption