A grandmother who filed her grandparent visitation petition before her grandchild was adopted had standing to bring the action under the state’s Grandparent Visitation Act, the Court of Appeals of Indiana affirmed Tuesday.
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
Despite 2024 being a short legislative session, Indiana lawmakers are considering dozens of bills specifically related to child welfare.
A Zionsville attorney who forged a signature on multiple adoption documents has been suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for 30 days with automatic reinstatement.
The Indiana Senate has given its approval to a bill that would provide guardians ad litem to parents in adoption cases who have mental disabilities.
The Indiana Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a bill that would create a guardian ad litem pilot program for parents in adoption cases who have intellectual disabilities.
‘The kids freak out when they see them’: Squishmallow ‘jurors’ add extra fun to Morgan County adoption hearings
The road to getting an adoption petition granted is a lengthy one, and often, the final step in court can be an intimidating one for kids. That’s why Morgan Superior Judge Dakota VanLeeuwen wanted to find a way to make children feel more comfortable.
A man with an extensive criminal history has made significant steps through his participation in drug court and shown that he clearly desired to act as his child’s father, a split Court of Appeals of Indiana affirmed Friday.
Indiana justices granted transfer to two cases for the week ending June 23, including one that involves Duke Energy’s nearly $2 billion economic development plan.
The Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal in an adoption case, finding no appellate jurisdiction over the issue of temporary custody.
Finding a grandfather lacked standing to seek grandparent visitation, the Court of Appeals of Indiana has reversed the grant of visitation rights to the grandfather in an adoption case.
The Indiana Supreme Court has granted transfer to two cases involving Duke Energy, including one in which the company challenged the city of Noblesville’s jurisdiction to regulate its activities.
A split Indiana Supreme Court denied transfer in an adoption case after hearing oral arguments in March.
An adoption and custody case has made its way to the Court of Appeals of Indiana for the second time, this time with the court agreeing that even though the father has shown growth in his parenting ability, the stepfather can have custody of two children.
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this month in a case involving a grandmother’s motion to intervene in the adoption of her grandchild.
A father who signed a form giving his consent to the adoption of his child did not find relief at the Court of Appeals of Indiana in his subsequent challenge to the adoption.
A northern Indiana mother has won a reversal on an adoption petition granted to her child’s stepmother after the Court of Appeals of Indiana concluded she did not abandon her child and her consent was required for the adoption.
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.