[r13] House supports bill regarding adoption history information

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, February 4, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) authored legislation regarding adoption history information, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a unanimous vote. The bill is coauthored by State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo).

House Bill (HB) 1029 allows the relative of an adoptee and a pre-adoptive sibling to obtain medical history information about an adopted child. The person requesting this information must include the reason why the release of this information may be beneficial and a judge must approve the request.

“This bill came about as the result of a Kokomo family’s experience. The wife of an adoptee who was deceased wanted to obtain medical history information about her husband for the benefit of her children, but under current law, she was unable to do so,” said Rep. Negele. “This legislation would allow her, as the relative of an adoptee, to request such information.”

HB 1029 also requires the court to appoint a confidential intermediary if certain requirements are met and the petitioner has shown an emergency medical need or good cause relating to the welfare of an interested person.

“Essentially, the bill is attempting to reach a balance between two interests: the privacy of individuals and the benefit of the information to those seeking it,” said Rep. Negele.

HB 1029 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. The Senate sponsor for the bill is Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange). To stay up-to-date on this bill and any other piece of legislation in the General Assembly, visit www.in.gov/legislative.