INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2016) – The House passed State Rep. Martin Carbaugh’s (R-Fort Wayne) resolution calling for the study of adoption costs and barriers unanimously.
“I know firsthand how difficult and drawn out the adoption process can be for a family,” Carbaugh said. “So many children are waiting to be adopted, and if we can shorten the process and connect children in need of a family with those who are going to care and love them, we should find ways to streamline the process, reduce costs for the families and ensure safety measures are in place for all parties involved.”
Carbaugh’s resolution urges the legislative council to assign the topic of adoption costs and barriers to a study committee.
In 2012, the North American Council on Adoptable Children reported that 1,470 children were adopted from foster care in Indiana, but a remaining 2,320 children were still waiting to be adopted. The average stay in foster care for a child is approximately 3.1 years, and the average age of adopted children is 6.5 years old. The Child Welfare Information Gateway reported that the average licensed agency adoption can cost from $5,000 to $40,000 to complete and maintain.
Carbaugh said that this issue holds importance to him because his family adopted their daughter. He would like to see ways the adoption process can be expedited so children waiting to be adopted can be connected more quickly with families. The study would also address the increasing cost of adopting a child and ways to better protect the child and the families.
For more information on House Resolution 11, visit www.iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Martin Carbaugh serves as Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Rep. Carbaugh represents a portion of Allen County.