February 15, 2016
Adoption Records Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee 11-2
Indiana’s adult adoptees have achieved yet another victory on their path to equal access to birth records. The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-2 in favor of Senate Bill 91, which if passed would give adult adoptees from Indiana’s “closed records” period access to their original birth certificate and adoption records.
Advocates from Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records (HEAR) applauded the committee for hearing the concerns of adoptees.
“We thank the House Judiciary Committee members for their commitment to providing equal access to personal information for all adoptees,” said Pam Kroskie, president of HEAR.
Under current law, Hoosiers adopted after 1994 have access to their records. Those adopted between 1941 and 1993 during Indiana’s “closed records” period are forced to use a difficult and expensive intermediary system for getting their records—causing many to quit their search in frustration, or never start. The new law will equalize access to information for all adoptees.
“SB 91 will finally allow adoptees to find the closure they desperately seek, uncover vital answers about their medical history and cure administrative headaches that come from having an amended birth certificate,” Kroskie said.
A special thanks to all HEAR supporters who came out to the Statehouse — despite the bitter cold. Your presence was felt and your voices were heard!
Because of your tremendous support, SB 91 successfully passed through the House Judiciary Committee and is making its way to the full House of Representatives in coming weeks. Now, Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records (HEAR) needs your help more than ever to ensure that this bill finally becomes law.
WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS
Please contact your representatives in support of this critical issue! Legislators need to understand how denying adoptees access to their records negatively impacts the lives of Hoosier families.
Together, we can help improve adoption education and promote equal access to adoption records in the state of Indiana. Stay tuned for more updates from HEAR as the bill moves forward.