A bill that would give Indiana adoptees an opportunity to access their adoption records was approved by the state House committee on Monday. The bill passed in an 11-2 vote and will now move on to the full House.
For Indiana adoptees born between 1941 and 1993, the approval brings them one step closer to being able to obtain their birth records, which are currently sealed. The bill seeks to give adoptees access to their records while still maintaining the privacy of the birth mothers who choose to keep their adoptions closed. A version of the bill was rejected last year as a result of similar privacy concerns.
Following the approval, the bill is now advancing to the House floor.
- “Adoptions Records Legislation Clears Major Hurdle” – WFYI
- “Adoptee birth records bill advances to full House” – The Indiana Lawyer