If passed, adoption agencies would no longer have to check a national registry of child abuse and neglect cases because the registry doesn’t exist.
The federal judge says denying both same-sex spouses the right to be on a birth certificate leaves the child having only one legal parent.
Indiana birth certificates list the birth mother and the father. For a lesbian couple like Nicki and Tonya Bush-Sawyer, that leaves one of them out.
Most children adopted in Indiana from 1941 through 1993 will have access to their birth records under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Mike Pence.
Last year’s version of the bill was killed in a House committee after fears arose over birth mother privacy.
Indiana's closed adoptions era spanned from 1941 to 1993.
Sen. Brent Steele says, for his last session, he’s going to focus on a few key issues he’s particularly passionate about.
Lawmakers next session will take another pass at legislation opening up records from Indiana’s closed adoptions era.
The bill stalled in a house committee last month and is being bumped as the legislative session nears its end.
Adoptions that took place between 1941 and 1993 were automatically sealed, but the governor's office says it has concerns about releasing the records.