Steuerwald: Adoption records legislation signed into law

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Tuesday, March 8, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2016) — A bill sponsored by State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), which allows for the release of certain adoption information has been signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.

“This law will provide adoptees access to important medical records and history regarding their birth family, while still allowing future birth parents a choice of how to handle the sensitive subject of the release of identifying information to future adoptees,” Steuerwald said. “Senate Enrolled Act 91 will grant about 350,000 adoptees access to their medical history and eliminate some of the administrative hurdles that result from having an amended birth certificate.”

Senate Enrolled Act 91 provides that beginning July 1, 2018, identifying adoption information may be released unless there is a nonrelease form on file, regardless of when the adoption was filed. This law will replace the nonrelease form with a contract preference form, giving birth parents the ability to select one of four options: birth parent welcomes contact directly from the adoptee; birth parent prefers contact through an intermediary; birth parent prefers no contact; birth parent prefers no contact but will allow for the release of medical information to the adoptee.

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 Rep. Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents portions of Hendricks County.