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...]

Child services oversight

S.E.A. 301, P.L. 148 Effective: April 29, 2021 Establishes the interim study committee on child services (committee). Provides that the committee: (1) shall review the annual reports submitted by local child fatality review teams and by the statewide child … [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...]

DCS and the education community

H.E.A. 1531, P.L. 213 Effective: July 1, 2021 Defines "exigent circumstances" for purposes of action taken by the department of child services (DCS) with respect to a child. Allows DCS to interview a child at the child's school, except for at a nonaccredited … [Read more...]

Department of Child Services

H.E.A. 1536, P.L. 214 Effective: July 1, 2021 Provides that if the governor declares a state of disaster emergency, the department of child services (department) may: (1) allow older youth who are receiving collaborative care services at the time of the declaration … [Read more...]

Parents with disabilities

The House Family, Children, and Human Committee heard SB 259, parents with disabilities, sponsored by Rep. DeVon and Rep. Vermillion. This bill specifies that it is the policy of the State to recognize the importance of family and children, including the parenting … [Read more...]

Prosecuting attorneys

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 186 on prosecuting attorneys authored by Sen. Koch.  The bill: Repeals the requirement that a prosecuting attorney execute a surety bond for the faithful execution of the duties of the office. Allows a … [Read more...]