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Adoption in Indiana

In 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

14 Adoption Agencies in IN

11 AAAA Attorneys in IN

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  • Attorney
    Keith M. Wallace
    1 SE 9th Street, Suite 101
    Evansville, IN 47708
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Allyson R. Breeden
    20 NW 1st Street, 9th Floor, P.O. Box 916
    Evansville, IN 47706
    (812) 424-7575
    (812) 421-5089
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Timothy J. Hubert
    P.O. Box 916, 20 NW First Street, Ninth Floor
    Evansville, IN 47706
    (812) 424-7575
    (812) 421-5089
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Michelle Berry Domer
    1505 W. Arlington Road
    Bloomington, IN 47404
    (812) 336-8300
    (812) 334-2171
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Rebecca S. Bruce
    108 N. Liberty Street, Suite A
    Muncie, IN 47305
    (765) 286-1776
    (765) 286-5711
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Lisa Garcia Reger
    506 State Street, P.O. Box 1343
    New Albany, IN 47151
    (812) 949-1000
    (812) 949-3773
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    John Q. Herrin
    3815 River Crossing Pkwy, Suite #100
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    (317) 566-2174
    (317) 841-1657
    nate@indianaadoptionlawyer.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Joel D. Kirsh
    2930 East 96th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    (317) 575-5555
    (317) 575-5631
    info@kirsh.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Nathan A. Leach
    3815 River Crossing Parkway, Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    (317) 566-2174
    (317) 296-7156
    Services 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
  • Attorney
    Steven M. Kirsh
    2930 East 96th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46280
    (317) 575-5555
    (317) 575-5631
    info@kirsh.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Netw
  • Attorney
    Robert B. Kirsh
    Indianapolis, IN
    (317) 575-5555
    (317) 575-5631
    info@lovingadoptions.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services 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.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services 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.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services 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.

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Length of ICPC
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1-60 days

Email: ICPCUnit.DCS@dcs.in.gov

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 person’s telephone number, on that person’s 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 “residency requirement”, 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 “hard to place” children. A child is “hard to place” 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 “hard-to place” 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 child’s 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

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