Bastard Nation Action Alert Indiana. Urgent! Keep adoptee rights alive in Indiana. Write House to oppose SB91 Not an OBC access bill.
CALLING ALL BASTARDS!
INDIANA SB 91 ACTION ALERT
You do NOT have to reside in Indiana to take part!
Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Brent Steele, will be voted on the House floor very soon. It has already passed the Senate and was voted out the House Juduciary Committee today (Feb 15, 2016). Your urgent action is needed, now! Please, contact all members of the House now and asked them to defeat SH 91.
SH 91 is NOT an adoptee rights bill It does not restore OBC access and strenghtens state-control of our records and histores. (see “Mandates” below for details.)
Current State Law:
The birth certificate
IC 31-19-13-1 states that the court, adoptive parents or an adoptee may request a birth certificate not be sealed.
IC 31-19-13-4 If a decision to amend the birth certificate is made then each local health department seals the original birth certificate OR surrenders the original birth certificate to the State Health Department, as the Department directs.
IC 31-19-13-3 If an adoption is annulled or revoked then the original birth certificate is restored.
IC 31-19-13-2 A sealed original birth certificate may only be INSPECTED in accordance with IC 31-19-17 through 31-19-25.5
Indiana-born adoptees adopted on or after Jan. 1,1994 (and 21 or over) are required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry. (IAMHR) If ALL first parents listed on the original birth certificate (OBC) join the registry with proof that they are who is listed on the obc, the adoptee will receive “identifying information.” The adoptee does not, however, receive a copy of the obc. The adoptive parents of Indiana born adoptees adopted after Jan. 1, 1994 (and under 21) are required to join the Indiana IAMHR and all first parents listed on the obc are required join the registry with proof that the parent is who is listed on the obc and without signing a Disclosure Veto (DV) to obtain access. Indiana-born adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1994 do not have access to the “identifying information”. In addition, Indiana-born adoptees born after Jan. 1, 1994 have access to pre-adoptive sibling information. Everyone who joins the registry must show proof of age (21 or older) or have an adult ( 21 or over) register in their place.
SB 91 link: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/senate/91#document-83cd0b38