Coming home: Courts, families celebrate National Adoption Day with fanfare, emotion
Since 2012, the Indiana Supreme Court has authorized video and audio coverage of certain uncontested adoptions in recognition of National Adoption Month each November. Numerous trial courts have put together celebrations for families this year.Read More
Fostering hope: Adoption attorney releases documentary series on Indiana’s foster care system
The importance of working for social change runs deep in the veins of adoption attorney Natalie Chavis, who’s advocating for foster awareness through a new documentary series.Read More
Making the best: Adoptive families find new ways to celebrate as in-court ceremonies are called off
With in-person proceedings largely called off, adoptive families have had to adjust their plans. But as long as a case is uncontested, lawyers say judges have been willing to hold final hearings via Zoom or other platforms to give these families a sense of finality. And in some cases, adoptions in the age of COVID-19 have become a cause for community celebration.Read More
Lawsuit claims DCS failing to protect children and inflicting further harm
Children going into the state’s child welfare system end up more broken, attorneys suing the Department of Child Services say, because they are not being provided with therapy and treatment to help them heal. Rather, the lawyers contend, DCS is just finding beds to stick the kids in and forgetting about their other needs.Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday on the most significant challenge to a law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children.
Foster parents whose efforts to adopt two foster children fell through can proceed with their negligence and defamation claims against the Indiana Department of Child Services, but not against a DCS caseworker, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has ruled.
A Harrison County woman seeking custody of her grandchild failed to convince the Court of Appeals of Indiana that her motion to intervene in a foster parent adoption should’ve been granted.
A would-be adoptive grandfather who died before the trial court could rule on his adoption petitions was not entitled to have his petitions granted posthumously, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has ruled.
An Indiana man who claims he is the “legal,” but not biological, father of a child has successfully challenged a lower court ruling that his consent to the child’s adoption was not required. The adoption case will now return to the trial court, where a judge must determine if the man actually is the child’s “legal” father.
An Indiana woman’s efforts to keep her child’s biological father from communicating with their daughter for a year has resulted in a reversal by the Court of Appeals of Indiana on a petition to adopt.
A 44-year-old federal law championed as a means of preserving Native American culture by preventing the removal of children from their homes and tribes is being challenged on constitutionality grounds — and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear it.
The Indiana Court of Appeals found “totality of the circumstances” required the denial of a petition to adopt even though the father had not paid child support in 13 months and state statute allows for adoption without parental consent when child support has not been paid for one year.
Faith-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan can refuse to place children with same-sex couples under a proposed settlement filed in federal court Tuesday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for a Catholic charity in a similar case.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana has tossed a postadoption visitation order for a maternal grandmother, finding the Jennings Superior Court abused its discretion by ignoring the requirements and, in part, ordering contact four years after the adoption was completed.
Adoptions will be celebrated Thursday in the Allen Superior Court as the Fort Wayne judiciary marks National Adoption Month.
The Indiana Supreme Court has granted transfer to a dispute between health care providers, tackling the question of whether the state’s Medical Malpractice Act extends beyond claims brought by injured patients.
The Indiana Supreme Court’s denial of a petition to transfer a challenge to an adoption that was allowed to proceed without the parents’ consent drew a dissent from two justices who argued that forgoing the biological parents’ permission was “inconsistent with the purpose of the CHINS scheme at large.”
The Indiana attorney general’s office has asked the state’s highest court to take up a case involving a former couple accused of abandoning their adopted daughter.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case that centers on whether Native Americans should receive preference in adoptions of Native children.
Two young women have been selected to serve as the voice of Indiana’s youth in foster care and social services and will be the newest — and youngest — members of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children Indiana.
Two Madison County minors will remain in the custody of their grandparents after out-of-state relatives failed in their appeal of an adverse judgment in their adoption case.
A stepfather seeking to vacate a paternity determination and adopt his wife’s child was not permitted to do so after the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded that the biological father’s consent to the adoption was required.