Ind. House Committee Advances Bill To Open Adoptees’ Birth Records
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Adopted children born in Indiana between 1941 and 1993 could be given access to their birth records under a proposal that is gaining traction at the Indiana Statehouse.
Currently, state law requires that birth records during that timespan remain sealed unless there is a disclosure consent form by the biological parents.
Senate Bill 91 already passed the Indiana Senate in January. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 11-2 to forward the bill to the House floor.
If the bill becomes law, it would make birth records between 1941 and 1993 open to adoptees starting in 2018, unless the birth parents file a non-disclosure form with the Indiana State Department of Health. People adopted after 1994 already have access to their records.
“SB 91 will finally allow adoptees to find the closure they desperately seek, uncover vital answers about their medical history and cure administrative headaches that come from having an amended birth certificate,” said Pam Kroskie, president of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records.
Kroskie added that Those adopted between 1941 and 1993 during Indiana’s “closed records” period are forced to use a difficult and expensive intermediary system for getting their records—causing many to quit their search in frustration, or never start. Assuming SB 91 becomes law, it will equalize access to information for all adoptees.
Opponents of the bill say that the law should not been changed because the biological parents had an expectation of privacy during that time.