Adoption

New law gives grandparents notice about adoptions

July 26, 2017
Dave Stafford
A new law requiring grandparents be notified of adoption petitions passed the General Assembly this year without a single vote in opposition and was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb. That’s when the confusion began.
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Mother’s consent to adoption not required, appeals court rules

July 7, 2017
Olivia Covington
A trial court properly determined that a mother’s consent was not required to the adoption of her child, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled, finding that even though she had a difficult year in which she had no communication with her child, the law requires her to continue to foster her parental relationship.
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Supreme Court authorizes cameras in courtrooms for National Adoption Day

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has once again authorized the use of cameras and recording devices in Indiana’s courtrooms to celebrate National Adoption Day proceedings this fall.
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COA recommends judge's recusal in remand of motion to contest adoption

May 4, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a 41-page opinion handed down Thursday, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a putative father’s motion to contest adoption, finding that the adoptive parents had caused delays in the court proceedings and also noting that the judge in the case should have recused himself to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
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COA: Mother denied right to counsel in adoption proceeding

March 16, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Johnson County adoption after finding the mother was denied due process when the adoption court found that she had waived her right to counsel.
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European Court fines Russia for banning US adoptions

January 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Europe's human rights court ruled Tuesday that Russia must pay damages and legal costs to Americans who were barred from adopting Russian children.
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Adopt-A-Doll brings cuteness to courtroom

January 10, 2017
 Associated Press
Most of the child-related cases heard in Clark Circuit Court No. 4 are grim. Judge Vicki Carmichael is accustomed to tales of neglect, abuse and troubled juveniles. Saturday’s court docket brought something entirely different — children with smiles on their faces clasping dolls and stuffed animals in front of the bench.
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State Department assailed for new rules on foreign adoptions

January 9, 2017
 Associated Press
The State Department, which oversees the adoption of foreign children by American families, is under fire from scores of adoption agencies for drafting new regulations that critics depict as overly rigid and potentially budget-busting.
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Court abused discretion in letting public defender withdraw appearance

December 8, 2016
Olivia Covington
An attorney seeking a motion to withdraw appearance had to prove there was justification for his withdrawal and provide sufficient notice to the party he represented before the motion could be granted, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday.
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Marion County judge opens court for National Adoption Day

November 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
As Marion Superior Judge Steven Eichholtz read the order officially transitioning a girl’s grandmother to the new title of adoptive mother, 10-year-old Victoria Kaufman told the judge she couldn’t stop smiling.
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Trial courts plan events to highlight, promote adoption

November 2, 2016
IL Staff
Twenty Indiana trial courts have planned events this month allowing cameras to document the placement of about 160 children with their adoptive parents.
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COA affirms denial of foster parents’ petition for adoption

September 23, 2016
Olivia Covington
A set of foster parents do not have the right to adopt two children without their father’s consent despite the fact that the father does not have visitation with the children, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Friday.
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Justices reinstate father’s parental rights

August 16, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court’s findings do not “clearly and convincingly support” its decision to terminate a father’s parental rights to his son based on it being in the best interests of the boy. In fact, the findings show that the father and son have a bond and often spend time together, the Indiana Supreme Court found Tuesday.
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Appeals court reverses adoption petition

June 22, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed an adoption petition after it found the adoptive mother did not participate in a sufficient background check and the court should have combined the adoption proceedings with a paternity hearing that was also occurring at the same time.
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COA upholds adoption venue transfer

May 26, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld transfer of an adoption petition from Greene to Monroe County Circuit Court, ruling Monroe was the preferred venue because of other cases related to the petition that also were happening there.
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E-filing extends to confidential cases

May 3, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana courts announced that parties may now file electronically in confidential case types including adoption, child in need of services, termination of parental rights, and juvenile cases. The change took effect Monday.
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High court voids Alabama ruling against lesbian adoption

March 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her partner's children.
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Adoptee birth-records bill passes

February 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
A bill long sought by Hoosiers adopted between 1941 and 1993 and denied their birth records passed the Indiana General Assembly Monday and heads to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence.
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Adoptee birth records bill advances to full House

February 15, 2016
IL Staff
A House committee voted 11-2 Monday in favor of passage of a bill that would provide thousands of adopted Hoosiers with access to their birth and adoption records.
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Senate passes adoptee birth-records bill

January 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
Advocates for granting Indiana adoptees access to their birth certificates appear on the way to victory this year after years of trying.
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Bill to open adoption records passes Senate committee

January 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A proposal to expand access to sealed adoption records for adoptees is headed to the Indiana Senate floor after winning unanimous approval from a Senate committee.
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Adoption records, gun licensing reform bills to be heard this week

January 11, 2016
Dave Stafford
Hoosier adoptees will make a new push for access to their birth records, beginning with a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
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Judge reaches out to children with annual toy adoptions

January 5, 2016
 Associated Press
Clark Circuit Court No. 4 Judge Vicki Carmichael has hosted the toy adoptions since 2007, taking over the tradition Clark Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Buzz Jacobs started decades ago.
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Indiana adoption advocates to push again to open up records

December 31, 2015
 Associated Press
The leader of an advocacy group for Indiana adoptees says she's optimistic state lawmakers will endorse a bill to expand adoptees' access to sealed records.
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Justices block Alabama court order in lesbian adoption case

December 14, 2015
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a lesbian mother who wants to see her adopted children, blocking an Alabama court's order that declared the adoption invalid.
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