Parents with disabilities

S.E.A. 259, P.L. 146 Effective: July 1, 2021 Specifies that it is the policy of the state to recognize the parenting rights of a parent regardless of whether the parent has a disability. Provides that the right of a person with a disability to parent the person's … [Read more...]


H.E.A. 1448, P.L. 203 Effective: July 1, 2021 Permits an individual who seeks to adopt a child less than 18 years of age to file a petition for adoption in any county in Indiana if either of the following is filed with the petition: (1) A written consent to the … [Read more...]

State budget

H.E.A. 1001, P.L. 165 Effective: §§184-186 effective July 1, 2021 § 184-185 - Amends Ind. Code § 31-19-26.5-3 and 5 to require adoption subsidy payments for a child with special needs in therapeutic foster care to be not less than 50% of the per diem rate for the … [Read more...]


The Senate Judiciary Committee heard HB 1448 sponsored by Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Koch, and Sen. Busch regarding adoption. The bill removes certain residency requirements for individuals seeking to adopt a child.  The bill also allows a petition for adoption to be filed … [Read more...]

Adoption; grandparent visitation

The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1448 on adoption and grandparent visitation authored by Rep. Torr.  The bill: Provides that venue for a proceeding concerning a petition to appoint a legal guardian that is anticipated to be uncontested is in the county in … [Read more...]

Adoption petitions in any county

The House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee heard HB 1562, which would permit filing of adoption petitions in any county. Rep. Carbaugh, author, introduced the bill and explained this legislation would permit an adoption petition to be filed in any probate … [Read more...]

Expiration of contact preference forms

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 268 on expiration of contact preference forms, authored and presented by Sen. Michael Young.  The bill provides adoptees can receive information regarding birth parents after the birth parent has died regardless of the date of the … [Read more...]

Criminal law issues

S.E.A. 335, P.L. 142 Effective: July 1, 2020 [relevant sections] Creates a new statute, I.C. 1-1-2-4, defining that references to a conviction for Indiana offenses include: (1) an attempt to commit the offense; (2) a conspiracy to commit the offense; and (3) a … [Read more...]