Cook: Bill increasing transparency in adoption, foster care systems ceremonially signed into law

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed legislation co-authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) into law Tuesday increasing transparency for prospective adoptive and foster parents.

According to Cook, this new law requires adoption agencies to provide prospective adoptive and foster parents with a report containing contact information of agency employees. Cook said he hopes this report will provide applicants multiple avenues to voice concerns, ask questions and receive feedback during the adoption or fostering process.

“All children deserve to grow up in a safe and loving place to call home,” Cook said. “Ensuring those looking to adopt or foster a child are fully informed and can voice their questions or concerns can help encourage more Hoosiers to welcome a child in need to their home.”

House Enrolled Act 1091 will go into effect July 1. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more. 

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated center) signs legislation co-authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) (standing, center) giving prospective parents a clear path to voice concerns or ask questions during the adoption or foster process.