Making Adoption Easier in Indiana: Governor Signs Transparency Law
STATE HOUSE--Making it easier for people in Indiana to adopt children is what a new law signed Wednesday may do. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill that is meant to ensure people who want to adopt will be able to get information and ask questions they need to ask.
“Ensuring children have a safe and loving place to call home is an issue near and dear to my heart,” said state Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland).
“The Department of Child Services says there are nearly 150 children up for adoption in Indiana at any given time. It is my hope more Hoosiers will consider opening their home to a child in need. By providing contact information and guidelines to prospective parents, those wishing to adopt or foster a child will have a clear path to ask questions and provide feedback to adoption agencies," he said.
Burton said the new law requires adoption agencies to provide prospective adoptive and foster parents with a report containing contact information of agency employees. Burton said he hopes this report will provide applicants multiple avenues to voice concerns, ask questions and receive feedback during the adoption or fostering process.
He said the idea for the law comes from meetings he hosted throughout the fall with local families and organizations to find ways to improve transparency and streamline the adoption and foster care processes.
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