Search & Reconnection Services
The decision to search for a birth parent is a unique and personal choice that can be emotionally challenging and full of uncertainty. ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA offers counseling and search services for adult adoptees who were adopted in Indiana. We hope to offer support and guidance throughout the search and reconnection process.
Adult adoptees are the most common group seeking adoption information and birth relatives. While the reasons are varied and individual, these are a few of the most common:
- To obtain medical information
- To obtain family/relative information
- To learn the reasons for the adoption
By realizing one’s motivation for searching, it can put the search process in perspective and help guide you to the appropriate resources to locate information.
Adoption is a personal issue involving grief and loss. There are often emotions tied to the search and reconnection process that the adoptee may not yet be aware. Through counseling and self-exploration ADOPTIONS OF INDIANAhelps adoptees address positive and negative information that they may receive during their search. We also help educate family and friends to support you through this process.
To begin a search, always start with the known facts regarding the adoption:
- Where did it occur?
- Who was involved (agencies, lawyers, foster families)?
- What documentation is readily available (birth certificate, adoption records, hospital records, correspondence)?
This information can often be obtained from adoptive parents or relatives. By asking for information from your adoptive family, it offers comfort that you are not dissatisfied with them as parents. They are also an excellent resource for most documents and may have names and dates readily available.
Take all of the information that you have, no matter how small, and organize it in a folder or file. This allows you to have all your search information in one place.
Indiana State Law
Effective July 1, 2018, Indiana law states that adoptees are able to access their adoption records and original birth certificates through the Indiana State Department of Health. If you have not done so already, you would need to register with the Indiana Adoption Registry by filling out and submitting both State Form 47896 Identifying Information Consent Form and State Form 47897 Non-Identifying Information Consent Form, which can be found here https://www.in.gov/isdh/20371.htm.
If you are already registered with the Indiana Adoption Registry, you would need to again fill out and submit State Form 47896 Identifying Information Consent Form. It may take around 8 weeks to receive a response which should include your original birth certificate and a letter to the agency or attorney who handled the adoption requiring them to grant you access to your adoption file. Using the names and information on the original birth certificate and in the adoption file, you can do an internet search in order to locate birth family members and get contact information.
If a birthmother has submitted a do not release form to the Indiana State Department of Health, an adoptee would NOT be able to access their original birth certificate or adoption file.
For more information, please contact Darcy Haight, Indiana State Board of Health, at (317) 233-7279.
ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA can assist you with your search. Please contact Becky at 317-574-8950 for more information.