Indiana Legislation would Open Adoption Records

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Supporters of legislation that would open up Indiana's adoption records to people adopted between 1941 and 1993 say it could help many thousands of adoptees find their biological parents.

The bill recently passed the Indiana Senate 46-3 and is now before the House.

The legislation would allow women who placed a child for adoption between 1941 and 1993 to file a no-contact form to keep those records sealed.

If a woman doesn't take that step, the adoption records would be opened to the child.

Indiana Adoption Network President Pam Kroskie tells the Journal Gazette Indiana's current law prohibiting access to adoptee birth records is outdated.

She estimates the legislation would open the records for about 350,000 people who can't access them without going to court and taking other steps.