Indiana Adoption Information Laws
Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-18-2
The following persons may transmit identifying information and nonidentifying information to the State registrar for inclusion with the adoption history:
- The adopted person who is age 21 or older
- The birth parent or sibling
- The adoptive parent
- The spouse or relative of a deceased adopted person
- The spouse or relative of a deceased birth parent
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31-19-17-3; 31-19-17-5
The person, licensed child-placing agency, or county office of family and children shall release all available social, medical, psychological, and educational records concerning the child to:
- The adoptive parent
- Upon request, the adopted person who is at least 21 years old
The report shall exclude information that would identify the birth parents.
For an adoption that was granted before 7-1-1993: Upon the request of an adopted person who is at least 21 years of age, the licensed child-placing agency or a county office shall provide to the adopted person available information of social, medical, psychological, and educational records and reports. Information that would identify the birth parents shall be excluded from the report.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31 -1 9-22-2; 31 -1 9-25-2; 31 -1 9-25-3; 31 -1 9-25-6; 31 -1 9-25-8; 31 -1 9-25-9
For adoptions before 12-31 -1 993: Identifying information shall be released if requested by a person listed in § 31- 19-18-2 if the adult adopted person and the birth parent have submitted a written consent to the State registrar.
For adoptions after 12-31-1 993: Identifying information shall be released to the adult adopted person upon written request to the State registrar unless the birth parent has submitted a written nonrelease form that indicates the birth parent’s lack of consent to release of identifying information.
An adopted person who is at least 21 years old or a preadoptive sibling who is at least 21 may submit a written request to the State registrar stating an interest in being reunited with any preadoptive siblings and authorizing the release of their name and present location to any preadoptive siblings who make similar inquiries.
If an adopted person or a preadoptive sibling submits a written request to be reunited with a preadoptive sibling, but the preadoptive sibling has not made a similar inquiry, the State registrar shall search the adoption records for information concerning the preadoptive sibling and if possible, contact and advise the sibling of the request unless the sibling is less than 21 years old. If the sibling is at least 21, he or she shall make the final decision as to whether to release his or her name and present location to the requesting person. If the sibling is under 21, the sibling’s parents shall make the final decision regarding release of the sibling’s name and present location to the requesting person.
The adoptive parents of an adopted person who is under 21 may submit a written request for information concerning the identity and present location of any pre-adoptive siblings of the child. The State registrar shall release the name and present location of the pre-adoptive sibling to the adoptive parents if the pre-adoptive sibling submitted a written request authorizing the release of the information.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-13-2
The original birth certificate is withheld from inspection except for a child adopted by a stepparent or as provided in statutes pertaining to release of identifying information.
Where the Information Can Be Located Indiana Adoption History Registry
Indiana Adoption Information Laws will be updated as laws change. A new law that would open birth certificates in 2017 was recently passed by the state senate. We will update this page when it is passed by the representatives and signed by the governor.